More than 5 percent


Red currants, walnuts, & cinnamon
on my morning oatmeal (steel-cut oats)

Maybe you’ve heard that oft-cited statistic that, of all people who go on a weight loss program, 95% regain all that weight. In other words, only 5% succeed at both losing excess weight & keeping it off.

Well, curious about that statistic, the Amazing Shrinking Mom did some investigation, & things look not quite so bleak after all. Looks like that famous 95% stat originated with a particular study of a small sample of dieter in the 1950s, & that it’s been cited unquestioningly ever since. But other, later studies are more optimistic.

For details, see the Amazing Shrinking Mom’s post, “About That Ninety-Five Percent Failure Rate”.

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3 Responses to More than 5 percent

  1. iportion says:

    It’s an old study.
    20% keep the weight off I think weight watchers has 28%
    I would like to see that 28% turn to %52 one day :-)

  2. Mel says:

    Hey, thanks for the link. :) (Yum, that picture looks delicious!)

  3. Mel says:

    Hey, thanks for the link. :) (Yum, that picture looks delicious!)

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