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New research finds no evidence that popular slimming supplements facilitate weight loss
Date:7/12/2010

re a short cut to weight loss and may spend huge sums of money on them, but they may end up disappointed, frustrated and depressed if their weight expectations are not met in the long term."

Onakpoya said some of the supplements included the study were reported to cause some adverse effects. However, more rigorous research is needed, he said, as only very few trials have been of long duration and the number of patients in most of the trials has been small - factors which together limit the conclusions that can be drawn about the effectiveness and safety of such supplements.

Ellrott's study was funded by a German consumer issues magazine, while the study by Onakpoya and colleagues had no particular funding, but Onakpoya's position is funded by an unrestricted grant from GlaxoSmithkline, which makes the obesity drug orlistat.


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Contact: Emma Ross
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International Association for the Study of Obesity
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