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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

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    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Long-term response to Weight Watchers diet

    Researchers in Europe and Australia compared weight loss with standard treatment vs a commercial provider (Weight Watchers).

    First, the details.

    • 772 overweight and obese adults were recruited by primary care practices in Australia, Germany, and the UK.
    • Participants were randomly assigned to a treatment group for 12 months.
      • Standard care
      • Free membership to a commercial program (Weight Watchers)
    • Weight change over 12 months was recorded.

    And, the results.

    • 61% of participants in the commercial program and 54% in the standard care group completed the 12-month assessment.
    • Participants in the commercial program lost twice as much weight compared to those in the standard care group: -5 kg (-11 lb) vs -2 kg (-4.5 kg), respectively.
    • No adverse events were reported.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Referral by a primary healthcare professional to a commercial weight loss program that provides regular weighing, advice about diet and physical activity, motivation, and group support can offer a clinically useful early intervention for weight management in overweight and obese people that can be delivered at large scale.”

    Weight Watchers International supported the study.

    9/8/11 21:53 JR

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