Indianapolis – Many physicians and researchers have relied on weight loss as a cornerstone recommendation for a remedy to chronic disease. However, a session to be presented at the American College of Sports Medicine’s 60th Annual Meeting in Indianapolis shows evidence that effects of overweight and moderate obesity on mortality are controversial. This research provides evidence that focusing on lifestyle modification may be more effective for chronic disease prevention than focusing on weight loss.

“The controversies regarding body weight and weight loss on mortality and chronic disease prevention are largely a product of the lack of knowledge of literature, along with the traditional dogmas that exist in this area,” said Christian Roberts, Ph.D., FACSM, of University of California Los Angeles.

Dr. Roberts’ studies focus on clarifying the effect of obesity on chronic disease and determining whether there is sufficient evidence to recommend a shift in the therapeutic management of obese individuals with elevated cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes risk. Most studies in this area have focused on epidemiology – reporting the incidence and distribution of obesity-related conditions. There is a gap in the literature regarding the management of cardiovascular and metabolic disease risks independent of weight-loss in randomized-controlled trials.

“Critically evaluating current evidence with regard to the effects of overweight and obesity on mortality, examining the current standard of therapy for the management of obesity, and examining the possibility of employing alternative paradigms towards healthy living can help us more effectively mitigate the chronic disease burden,” said Roberts.

Learn more about ACSM’s 60th Annual Meeting at www.acsmannualmeeting.org.




The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 50,000 international, national, and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. The 60th ACSM Annual Meeting brings more than 6,000 physicians, scientists, educators, students and others to the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis May 28-June 1. At the same time, the third World Congress on
Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) will convene some of the world’s leading physical activity and health experts to build on the global charter launched in 2010. EIM sessions are held at The Westin.


The conclusions outlined in this news release are those of the researchers only, and should not be construed as an official statement of the American College of Sports Medicine. Research highlighted in this news release has been presented at a professional meeting but has not been peer-reviewed.

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