Instead of treating obesity as one single problem that requires attention, it should be treated in six different varieties, point out researchers from the University of Sheffield in the UK.
To deal with obesity in wholistic manner, they suggest all six different types of obese people should be targeted seperately during the treatment for better results instead of a one-size-fits-all approach.
Young males who were heavy drinkers,
Middle-aged individuals who were unhappy and anxious,
Older people living happily despite medical issues,
Younger healthy females,
Older affluent healthy adults and
Individuals with very poor health.
“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,” said Mark Green, who led the research.
The research defended that the groups identified will respond differently to different health promotion policies and binding them all into one groups will not yield the same results always, he said.
While suggesting the main panacea as cessation of alcohol consumption, he said it would help tackle obesity in young adults while for middle-aged individuals who are unhappy and anxious, medical intervention and more exercise along with psycho-social counselling could be beneficial.
However, the study noted that young healthy females may not need any medical intervention. F
Those with the poorest health, the study showed that advice surrounding exercise may not be reasonable and much more modest goals may be needed.
For the affluent healthy elderly people, weight loss could be a priority, he said. The results were based on their study of data from the Yorkshire Health Study which included 4,144 obese individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more.
The study has been published in the Journal of Public Health.