Weight Cycling Linked to Increased Risk of Death

By Haruka Noishiki

Those who undergo weight cycling, the repeated process of gaining and losing of weight, experience a higher risk of death than those who do not, said Hak C. Jang, M.D., Ph.D., professor at Seoul National University (SNU) College of Medicine and Seoul National University Bundang Hospital in Seongnam, Korea, and the lead author of a study recently published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. When the body experiences weight loss, it induces hunger and lowers the amount of energy needed both when active and inactive. However, people with obesity who underwent weight cycling were less likely to develop diabetes than others. For individuals with obesity, the benefits of the lowered chance of diabetes outweighed the increased risk of death.

The Endocrine Society. (2018, November 29). Weight cycling is associated with a higher risk of death: Weight loss from weight cycling can reduce diabetes risk in people with obesity. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 3, 2018 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181129153837.htm