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Practitioner 2011 – 255 (1745): 8-9

Are commercial weight loss programmes more effective than standard GP care?

22 Nov 2011Registered users

Overweight and obese patients who were referred to Weight Watchers lost twice as much weight as those who received standard care in general practice, a study in The Lancet has shown. A total of 772 adults, with a BMI 27-35 kg/m2 and at least one additional risk factor for obesity-related disease, were recruited from primary care practices in the UK, Australia and Germany. The study was a parallel group, non-blinded, randomised controlled trial. The authors concluded that a commercial weight loss programme that provides regular weighing, advice about diet and physical activity, motivation, and group support could offer a clinically useful early intervention for weight management in overweight and obese people.

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