Is Weight Loss Your New Year’s Resolution? | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
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Hormones, Food Culture Play a Significant Role in Weight Loss Success 


Weight is a major influencer of a person’s overall health, which may be why more than 48% of Americans named losing weight as their New Year’s resolution last year. When our weight increases, it also raises our risk for a host of conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, certain cancers and mental health issues and more. 

Despite the health implications of carrying a few extra pounds, Drew Payne, M.D., an internal medicine practitioner for Texas Tech Physicians, said being overweight is viewed as a cosmetic flaw rather than a disease. That misconception, he contended, is a reflection of how society defines obesity and views people who are overweight. 



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