The worldwide obesity issue is so significant the World Health Organization (WHO) coined the phrase “globesity” to describe the global challenge. The numbers are staggering: nearly one in four adults worldwide (1.6 billion) is overweight, and that number is projected to increase more than 40 percent by 2015. The economic impact of this epidemic is significant. In several developed countries, obesity has been estimated to account for 2 to 7 percent of total healthcare costs1 — in the United States, obesity-related costs are more than $147 billion each year2. Increasingly, this problem also is affecting children, as more than 20 million children are overweight3.
Lowering obesity levels is critical to improving overall health. Obesity is a risk factor for many significant health issues, including diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, stroke, heart disease and certain cancers4. Obesity is a leading cause of death — it is the no. 5 leading risk factor for death worldwide and contributes to 2.8 million deaths each year5. In the United States alone, more than 400,000 deaths each year are attributed to obesity, which rapidly is approaching tobacco use as the no. 1 preventable cause of death6.
Protein Plays Critical Role in Weight Management
Lowering overall caloric intake is a critical factor in weight loss, but eating the right types of foods is equally as important. Protein is increasingly viewed as a key nutritional component of weight loss and weight maintenance strategies7. Research has shown replacing carbohydrates — especially refined carbohydrates — with protein sources low in saturated fat increases satiety and loss of body fat, while reducing loss of lean tissue, resulting in greater weight loss and possible improved body composition8.
Protein helps drive weight loss by increasing satiety — suppressing appetite by extending time of the feeling of fullness. Feeling hungry is important to staying on a weight loss or weight maintenance plan — 53 percent of American dieters say they cheat on their diets because they are hungry9. Protein is more satiating than either carbohydrates or fat10,11,12. Soy protein specifically has been found to have a similar, and in some cases greater, effect on satiety than other commonly consumed high-quality proteins13,14. Soy protein, found in many common foods, such as nutrition bars, beverages and baked goods, can be integrated easily into a weight maintenance program.
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