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US adults who lost 10% body weight were 105% more likely to take a prescription diet pill from a doc
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Obese US adults who lost 10% or more of their body weight during the previous year were 105% more likely -- 2.1 times more likely -- to take a prescription diet pill prescribed by a doctor than obese adults who were trying to lose weight but lost less than this according to data from obese adults who were participants in the 2001–2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
Subjects: 4021 obese adults, 2523 (63%) reported trying to lose weight
Of 4021 obese adults, 2523 (63%) reported trying to lose weight in the previous year. Among those attempting weight loss, 1026 (40%) lost 5% or more, and 510 (20%) lost 10% or more body weight.
Nicklas JM, Huskey KW, Davis RB, Wee SC. Successful weight loss among obese u.s. Adults. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2012 Apr 10, published early on-line.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Jacinda M. Nicklas, MD
Division of General Medicine and Primary Care
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical School
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston MA 02115
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