The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was 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.

  • About the author

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

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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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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