Watch out as bogus weight loss research can be funded by food and drink companies

Watch out as bogus weight loss research can be funded by food and drink companies

Be careful if you read about some new ‘super weight loss food’ or some new ‘super surgery that will wipe out your pounds’.

An Associated Press article published on January 30, 2013 has exposed some 'research on weight loss' recently and made some very good points about how the writers were tied to the big food and beverage companies.

The article says “Their report in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine says dogma and fallacies are detracting from real solutions to the nation’s weight problems.  Independent researchers say the authors have some valid points.  But many of the report’s authors also have deep financial ties to food, beverage and weight-loss product makers — the disclosures take up half a page of fine print in the journal”.

““It raises questions about what the purpose of this paper is and whether it’s aimed at promoting drugs, meal replacement products and bariatric surgery as solutions” said Marion Nestle, a New York University professor of nutrition and food studies.”

““I agree with most of the points except the authors’ conclusions that meal replacement products and diet drugs work for battling obesity” said Dr. David Ludwig, a prominent obesity research with Boston Children’s Hospital who has no industry ties.  Most weight-loss drugs sold over the last century had to be recalled because of serious side effects, so “there’s much more evidence of failure than success” " 

Posted: Tuesday 5 February 2013

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