Even After Weight Loss, Fat Cells Remain

"I hope people don't think that they're doomed if they were overweight in childhood," said Keith Ayoob, associate professor in the department of pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "A 'typical' weight may not be appropriate for everyone. Go for a better weight and one that you can maintain. Even a 10 percent reduction [in weight] will improve your health risk."

Moreover, experts urged that those concerned about their weight should focus on obesity prevention for the future rather than a crash diet for today.

"Weight loss still makes sense, but prevention makes better sense," said David Katz, associate professor adjunct in public health practice at Yale University.

"Preventing obesity in kids is vastly better than trying to fix it later," Katz added. "We need to focus on keeping kids healthy and preventing obesity more. Once established in childhood, obesity is very hard to fix."

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