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01 July 2011

Surgery-free weight loss striking, but short-lived

A one-year weight loss programme based on lifestyle changes can help obese people shed almost as many pounds as surgery, German researchers say.

A one-year weight loss programme based on lifestyle changes can help obese people shed almost as many kilos as surgery, German researchers say.

"Weight regain remains the Achilles' heel of all weight loss therapies," said Dr Thomas Wadden, who runs the Centre for Weight and Eating Disorders at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, US, but wasn't involved in the new work.

 
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