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Weight-Loss Groups More Beneficial Than Self-Help Groups



Obese adults are more likely to lose weight in groups like Weight Watchers than on their own, according to a study undertaken by Baylor College of Medicine.
The study, published in the American Journal of Medicine, compared a group of 147 Weight Watchers members and 145 people using the self-help method. On average, the Weight Watcher group lost ten pounds in six months, whereas the self-help group lost only 1.3 pounds in the same time frame.
"This clinical trial demonstrates that when Weight Watchers meetings, mobile applications and online tools are used in combination, the greatest weight loss is achieved," said lead investigator Craig Johnston, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
According to the National Institutes of Health, almost 70 percent of American adults are classified as overweight.
"As the nation's largest provider of intensive behavioral therapy, Weight Watchers can provide proven, effective, affordable and convenient treatment to tackle this public health challenge," Weight Watchers International saidin a statement.