Researchers find subtypes of obesity. Researchers call obesity an epidemic and they are working hard for years to develop a solution. Now, they explain that obesity takes distinct shapes.
Experts at the World Health Organization (WHO) warns that a “global epidemic” of obesity must be addressed as it can negatively affect people’s health. Obesity can cause other health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, as well as different types of cancer.
Researchers from Brown University, in Providence, RI, behind the new study, says that there’s no single best way to handle the condition.
They have found four different types of obesity. The team observed data of 2,458 participants who had received bariatric (weight loss) surgery for obesity.
The researchers revealed that those in the first group had increased levels of blood glucose and simultaneously low levels of “good cholesterol” before surgery. They found that around 98 percent of people in this category had diabetes. The individuals in the second group had disordered eating behaviors
Experts then found that those in the third group had an average obesity-consistent profile. Only 7 percent of these individuals reported disordered eating patterns.
The people in the last fourth group had received obesity diagnoses. These individuals reported a body mass index (BMI) of 32 by age 18.
After 3 years of surgery, the team found that both, men had lost 25 percent and women had lost 30 percent of their pre-surgery weight.
“One of the reasons why we haven’t had stronger findings in the field of obesity research is that we’re classifying all of these people as the same,” explains the lead author.
“It may very well be that there are some incredibly effective strategies out there for preventing or treating obesity, but when you mix patients of different groups together, it dilutes the effect,” she adds.