Review: Little evidence supports the efficacy of major commercial and organized self-help weight loss programs

Wilson, Stephen A.
July 2005
ACP Journal Club;Jul/Aug2005, Vol. 143 Issue 1, p36
Academic Journal
This article presents information on a study related to evaluation of major commercial weight loss programs in the United States. The randomized controlled trials or prospective case series provided regular in-person or online counseling for 12 weeks. It included only adults, reported number of trial participants, assessed 10 participants and evaluated the program under the same conditions in which it was offered to the public, and had 1-year follow-up after treatment. Studies of self-help weight-loss approaches based on books, meal-replacement plans, or similar products were excluded.


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