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Xenical (orlistat) helps binge eaters lost 7.4% in six months
Monday, November 14, 2005 7:25 am Email this article
The fat-blocking drug Xenical (orlistat) in addition to a mildly reduced calorie diet helped obese patient with binge eating disorder lose 7.4 percent of their body weight in six months compared to 2.3 percent for those given a placebo and following the same diet according to a new study from Switzerland. SUBJECTS
Subjects: 89 obese patients with binge eating disorder
The study involved 89 obese patients with binge eating disorder who were randomly assigned to receive Xenical (orlistat) or a placebo in addition to the diet.
LESS BINGE EATING
Less binge eating in the Xenical group
There was also less binge eating in the Xenical group than the placebo group, although I don’t know how much less, because I have not seen a copy of the entire paper yet.
BINGE EATING, PROBLEM OR 50%
Binge eating half of patients seeking weight loss treatment
“Binge eating disorder represents a significant public health problem, with up to 50% of weight loss program participants displaying this disorder,” the authors noted.
Binge eaters previous excluded from Xenical studies
“In previous studies with [Xenical] orlistat, patients with binge eating disorder were excluded.”
Golay A, Laurent-Jaccard A, Habicht F, Gachoud J-P, Chabloz M, Kammer A, Schutz Y. Effect of orlistat in obese patients with binge eating disorder. Obes Res. 2005 Oct, 13(5):1701-08.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Service of Therapeutic Education for Chronic Diseases
University Hospital Geneva
CH-1211 Geneva 14, Switzerland
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