A study has revealed six different types of obese people, and troubleshooting them by type produces better outcome than using a single approach for all types.
The University of Sheffield in Britain has enumerated six groups of obese people, namely: the young, heavy drinking males; unhappy and anxious middle-aged individuals; older but happy people who are in not so good physically healthy; younger healthy females; older but financially blessed healthy adults; and, lastly, unhealthy individuals.
“Policies designed to tackle obesity and encourage healthier lifestyles often target individuals just because they are obese. But a focus on just the group as a whole is not very efficient. We are all different and different health promotion approaches work for different people. “
“In the future, we hope that GPs will keep in mind these six groups when offering advice to their patients.” Said lead researcher Mark Green.
The study has noted that the classified six groups will did not have the same responses to various health promotion policies, he emphasized.
Alcohol reduction could be effective in tackling obesity in young adults, whereas middle-aged individuals who are unhappy and anxious could be treated with exercise combined with psycho-social counselling, another unexplored avenue, researchers suggest.
The group of young healthy females need did not need any help. For the group of the poorest health, the study revealed that exercise may not be as effective as thought. More conservative goals may be effective for the affluent healthy elderly. Weight loss could be the right one for them.
Researcher sourced their data from the Yorkshire Health study which comprises 4,144 obese people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more.
This technique has been practiced to determine a person’s height and weight but fails to take into account variations such as health, social background, and behavior into its system.