Losing weight is hard. Fad diets promising quick success without effort don't work. The truth is that no herb, vitamin or special food will magically melt away the kilograms. But some nutritional and herbal supplements may enhance a healthy diet and exercise program.
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Being overweight becomes a medical concern when you weigh more than 20% over the ideal weight for your height. According to government statistics, almost one fifth of adult Australians fall into this category and are defined as obese. Though not a disease in itself, obesity is a risk factor for serious medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and certain types of cancer. Excessive body weight also puts great stress on joints and so increases a person's chance of developing arthritis.
At least one third of Australians have been unsuccessful at maintainingtheir weights within healthy ranges.
Obesity is a major risk factor fortype 2 diabetes, and it is estimated that more than 20 millionAmericans are currently diabetic, one third of whom do not realise theyhave the disease.