Overcoming the obesity struggle - understanding the myths

We reveal the top myths surrounding obesity and weight loss in the UK right now

Yazen Health conducted an online survey via Opinion Matters in 2024 producing a total of 2,000 responses in the UK.

Are you among the 25% of UK adults living with obesity? Don't let the myths and misconceptions hold you back from achieving a healthier life

The truth about obesity

Contrary to popular belief, obesity is not merely a lifestyle choice or a result of laziness. Healthcare professionals worldwide recognise obesity as a disease – an abnormal condition that negatively impacts bodily functions and overall health.

The reality

Maintaining weight loss is often the biggest challenge, as 45% of people find it hard to stay motivated to eat well and exercise daily. Additionally, 39% struggle to make healthy choices while juggling work and family life.

But did you know that even modest weight loss can significantly improve depression, mobility, blood sugar levels, fertility, and more?

Common myths

Respondents believe being obese is a lifestyle choice and not a disease

Respondents believe obesity is solely caused by eating too much

Respondents believe you must lose a lot of weight to make a difference to your health

Real patients. Real results.

Read about Erica Bergsmeds, a Yazen patient whose quality of life has been transformed through our service.

“My BMI was too high which combined with high cholesterol made me feel very depressed. I tried every diet on the planet over the years but nothing worked. I joined Yazen as I felt it was a trustworthy brand and it’s been so easy and great that it makes me feel emotional. It’s given me a whole new outlook on life, dieting and self-confidence, that you don't need to suffer in silence or pretend you are happy when you are not. I found that it has given me a stable life not just a stable weight. Not having food on my mind 24/7 has been the biggest relief and allows more time for more important things!”

Erica Bergsmeds

What respondents believe are the main barriers to maintaining a healthy weight include:

Respondent opinions about themselves/their habits


of respondents are rarely happy with their weight (48% of women vs 36% of men)


of respondents are satisfied with the way their body feels (46% of men vs 38% of women)


of respondents are satisfied with the way their body looks (45% of men vs 35% of women)


of respondents would be willing to travel across the country for a holistic and proven way of losing weight


of respondents find it hard to motivate themselves to eat well and exercise every day


of respondents find it hard to make healthy choices while juggling work and family life

The solution

At Yazen Health, we understand the complexities of obesity and offer a comprehensive digital health service that combines proven medical weight loss medications with expert lifestyle guidance from our team of doctors, dietitians, psychologists, and personal trainers.

Our approach is designed to promote lasting weight loss and a healthier lifestyle.

Take the first step

Don't let myths and misconceptions hold you back any longer. Talk to our experts, including Yazen Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Martin Carlsson, to learn how you can overcome obesity and reclaim your health.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and start your journey towards a healthier, lighter life.

More related topics: 
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For those who have tried everything.


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Yazen is among the first digital healthcare providers focusing on a comprehensive obesity treatment including medication and lifestyle changes.


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Average weight loss of 9% per year with medication alone and 20% per year by combining medication with lifestyle changes, according to Yazen's model.


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Did you know that 8/10 dieters regain more weight than they lost during a diet? At Yazen we explore the latest advancements in medical obesity treatment to better address this ongoing challenge.

How it works

Three simple steps


Free consultation

Log in and discuss your unique weight loss journey with one of our nurses completely free of charge


Comprehensive health screening

We conduct a comprehensive health screening, including blood tests to check hormones, metabolic markers, minerals, and vitamins.



Using approved weight loss injections, our expert clinicians develop personalised plans with 24/7 support from doctor, YazenCoache, psychologist, dietician and personal trainer.
Regular consultations on the app ensure that your plan evolves according to your needs without you needing to leave the house. 

Supported and motivated by your team 24/7

From your first injection, the Yazen app provides access to a 24/7 weight loss concierge service including your personal YazenCoach and full treatment team.

Expert team at your fingertips
Chat with and get counselling from your YazenCoach, doctor, dietitian, psychologist, and personal trainer. Together they determine the most effective, sustainable and healthy weight loss  journey that fits your unique biology and lifestyle.
Track your weight loss journey
Our app lets you track your progress and provides guidance and information throughout your weight loss journey.
Lifestyle tools and support from your Yazen Coach
Get knowledge, guidance and motivation to make healthy lifestyle changes from your very own Yazen Coach.
Reflect and learn with Yazen Change
In your module-based programme, you will gain knowledge, guidance and motivation to make healthy lifestyle changes.
Support from your Yazen community
Join our vibrant member community where knowledge meets camaraderie. Engage in encriching discussions and seek support on your journey in our expert-led and community-driven chat spaces.

Our Success Stories

For most people, lasting weight loss has been impossible.Until now.

"Soon I'll get back in the saddle!"

Marie Fritjof had given up and accepted that she would remain overweight for the rest of her life. Unfortunately, her excess weight had caused a host of health problems, including high blood pressure, snoring at night, acid reflux and gout. After trying all sorts of diets and being diagnosed with chronic fatigue, she was tipped by a colleague to try Yazen.

Normal blood pressure
Free from gout
Stopped snoring
Easier to move around

"Nothing can stop me now!"

Linda has been on a journey with her weight her whole life. She tried every diet out there and felt shame about her obesity. She made the decision to undergo a gastric sleeve surgery and lost 50 kg. After starting to gain weight again, she got in touch with Yazen and began treatment. Linda has lost 20 kg and feels more energetic and happier than ever!

Reached her dream weight
Proud of herself
No shame

"I lost 34 kilos and will hopefully avoid diabetes!"

Daniel Küng rocked the weight loss with Yazen! He lost a whopping 34 kilos! With the help of our doctors, psychologists, dieticians and personal trainers, Daniel will soon reach his target weight and a BMI under 25.

Less risk of diabetes
Healthy weight
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Frequently asked questions

Below we list the most frequently asked questions about our service. If you have other questions or concerns, please contact us and we will help you.

Which medications do you use for weight loss?

We prescribe the very latest weight loss injections (known as GLP-1). Prescriptions are based on individual assessment to determine the best treatment. 

Do I have to take weight loss injections for the rest of my life?

When you stop taking the injection, the results can be reversed meaning you have to start your weight loss journey again. However, it’s not dangerous to stop taking the medication and start again if you notice that you begin to gain weight. 

With lifestyle changes including diet and exercise, some patients may achieve an energy balance after reaching a healthy weight and not need to go back on the medication. Yazen offers a loyalty pricing plan for those who choose to commit long term.

Who can receive medication for overweight/obesity?

Weight loss injections are recommended for people with a BMI of 30+ or 27+ with certain pre existing medical conditions including high blood pressure, elevated blood lipids, elevated blood sugar, atherosclerosis and sleep apnea syndrome. 

The medications can also be used to maintain weight loss achieved through dieting or weight loss surgery. 

What side effects may I experience?

Because it is the body's own hormone that is used, which has only been modified to slow down its breakdown, the side effects are few and mild. In the larger studies that have been conducted, the side effects are relatively similar between  test groups taking placebo and test groups taking medicine. Side effects are most common at the beginning of treatment, which is why the initial dose is low and increased slowly.

You may experience nausea, gas, and diarrhoea, mild gastritis, or constipation, but with the support of a dietitian, most symptoms can usually be avoided.

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Patients testimonials

Real people. Real results.

Great people and great results

Michael Mc grath

Agile app & communication. All doctors have some form of "interest" in obesity, which means that you get a doctor who is knowledgeable and involved in obesity. Compared to regular care. That just says you need to move more.


The experience so far has been great! A lot of support from different experts, especially the doctor and the trainer :)

Marta Dragovic

Everything has gone very quickly & smoothly. Good effect of the product, feel much less hunger & lost 5 kg in 4 weeks. Very nice doctors & coaches who respond quickly & explain in a way that is easy to understand.


I had a great experience speaking with the doctors on Yazen. They responded very helpfully to all my questions and concerns. The results of the testing came quickly and everything was really efficient. I would recommend this service.

Tall in Sweden

Who is Yazen?

Together we make a difference - Alone is not strong.

Are you ready to change your life and take control of your weight once and for all? At Yazen, you meet a team of passionate specialists - including doctors, dietitians, psychologists, and trainers - dedicated to helping you achieve your health goals. Our unique method combines personalized counseling and tailored training with the latest and most effective medications on the market for sustainable weight loss.

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