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Obesity and Victories Beyond the Scale: What Does Successful Weight Loss Look Like?

Posted on April 07, 2020
Article written by
Heather Lapidus Glassner

MyObesityTeam conducted a survey in late 2019 with 159 individuals in the United States who were diagnosed by a doctor as being obese or overweight. MyObesityTeam asked respondents about:

  • The physical, social, and emotional impact that weight has on their lives.
  • The health implications of being obese or overweight.
  • Ways they have tried to lose weight.

MyObesityTeam shares the research results of our member surveys so our community can learn, collectively, from each others’ experiences.

Many studies have pointed to the importance of healthy eating for overall health and well-being. Eating right can lead to better heart health, fewer cases of type 2 diabetes, and fewer incidences of cancer, and it can help with mood.

“Non-scale victories” refer to positive feelings and accomplishments people have when they are taking steps to take care of their weight. These victories are ways of measuring positive changes beyond just the number on the scale. Non-scale victories can mean clothes fitting better, fewer symptoms such as back pain or shortness of breath, or just feeling better in general.

Respondents in the survey were given a hypothetical question about how they think they would know if a medication for weight loss was working. They cited many non-scale victories, like clothes fitting better or feeling more energetic, in addition to factors like losing a certain percentage of body weight or a decrease in body measurements.

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Heather Lapidus Glassner has over two decades of experience in market research. She has conducted social listening and quantitative survey research across a variety of conditions. Learn more about her here.

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