Weight loss can be achieved through a variety of modalities, but long-term maintenance of lost weight is much more challenging. Obesity interventions typically result in early rapid weight loss followed by a weight plateau and progressive regain. This review describes our current understanding of the biological, behavioral, and environmental factors driving this near-ubiquitous body weight trajectory and the implications for long-term weight management. Treatment of obesity requires ongoing clinical attention and weight maintenance-specific counseling to support sustainable healthful behaviors and positive weight regulation.
In other words, remaining a healthy weight is very, very hard if you were previously obese - and most people will not do it successfully.
Since the pandemic began there have been renewed attempts by governments to reduce obesity . I wonder, given the difficulty of making it happen, has any society actually achieved it, and how did they do it? These articles talk about obesity, but I'm also interested in whether a society has achieved the same for overweight people who are not obese.
Of course famines have happened which led to people, presumably including obese people, either dying of starvation or having a significantly reduced weight. But that's not what I'm talking about.
I'm asking whether any society has ever seen a large percentage of obese people achieve a healthy weight and maintain it for the rest of their lives. And if so, how?