In conclusion the authors write: "For clinical practitioners, the evidence suggests that the structured program as applied in this study provides another route for their overweight and obese patients to achieve and maintain weight loss through behavioral changes for at least a two-year period."
(JAMA. 2010;304:doi:10.1001/JAMA.2010.1503. Available pre-embargo to the media at www.jamamedia.org)
Editor's Note: Dr. Rock reported serving on the advisory board for Jenny Craig from 2003 2004. The study was supported by Jenny Craig, Inc. (Carlsbad, Calif.), which provided program activities, materials, and prepackaged food to individuals assigned to the commercial weight loss program. Funding was provided through a clinical trial contract to the coordinating center (School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego), which subsequently disbursed funds to the collaborating clinical sites and the laboratories. Please see the article for additional information, including other authors, author contributions and affiliations, financial disclosures, funding and support, etc.
Editorial: Treatment Options for Obesity
In an accompanying editorial, Rena R. Wing, Ph.D., from the Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University and Miriam Hospital, Providence, R.I., writes, " the results of the trial reported by Rock et al probably represent a best-case scenario."
"The findings of this trial by Rock et al raise the possibility that if structured commercial weight loss programs could be provided free of charge to participants, both retention and average weight loss outcomes might be far better than when participants must pay for these programs."
"Currently, insurance companies will often cover the cost of bariatric surgery for obe
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