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Obese Patients Shed 100 Pounds in Intense Behavior Program

Obese Patients Shed 100 Pounds in Intense Behavior Program

LEXINGTON, Ky., Aug. 28 -- Intensive behavioral therapy helped severely obese patients lose at least 100 pounds in 44 weeks and maintain 60% of the loss at five years, researcher here reported.

Of 656 severely obese patients (average weight 352 pounds) enrolled in a University of Kentucky weight-management program, 118 patients (18%) lost a mean of 134 pounds by 44 weeks, James W. Anderson, M.D., of the University of Kentucky, and colleagues, reported in the August issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

At 3.6 years, 66% of the patients were able to discontinue medications, and at an average follow-up of five years, the patients were still down 66 pounds, the researchers reported.

The findings came from a carefully controlled program in which patients, for the most part, ate prepared and measured meal replacements (shakes and entres), thereby eliminating most of the need to make choices or deal with food preparation.

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