Weight Loss Programs: Slim Evidence And Poor Results

April 6, 2015 9:04 PM

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A new study concludes that some weight loss programs may be slightly better than other programs but that in the long run none of the programs have been able to show a substantial weight loss over a sustained period. For even the best programs, an editorialist writes, “weight loss is modest and likely below patients’ expectations.”

In a paper published in Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers report on an updated systematic review of studies evaluating weight loss programs. They looked for US trials involving 31 different programs but were able to find only 45 studies that qualified (and only 39 of these were randomized con...

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