Even five percent weight loss tied to benefits for obese

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fat binderBy Kathryn Doyle

(Reuters Health) – For obese men and women, losing as little as 5 percent of their body weight reduces risk factors for type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease, according to a new study.

Most guidelines recommend losing 5 to 10 percent weight loss tips of body weight, the authors write.

“Five percent is really a very reasonable goal for most obese patients to achieve, it’s much easier than 10 percent,” said senior author Dr. Samuel Klein of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

Some people hear the goal of “five to 10 percent” weight loss and assume they should shoot for 10 percent, and are disappointed when they fail, Klein told Reuters Health by phone.