As I've mentioned many times before, dieting and other weight loss methods don't work for most people in the long run. Some of them are downright dangerous for health and self-esteem.
In January, House Democratic lawmakers called for hearings on medical devices including Lap-Band, following a study in the medical journal Archives of Surgery, that found almost half of patients with a gastric band had no weight loss or needed the device removed after six years. More than 40 percent had long- term complications.
While Lapband is being investigated, a few people at the FDA finally got their bribes-- I mean incentatives-- because the panel approved the diet drug Lorcaserin despite previously rejecting it.
The drug works to control the appetite through receptors in the brain, and a study showed it helped nearly half of participants lose up to five percent of their body weight
So the FDA wants to put people at risk for heart valve and psychological problems so that 38% rather than 16% could lose 5% of their body weight over a year (most people could lose that during a bad stomach flu.)
Concerns about heart valve problems helped spur the advisory panel to vote 9-5 against recommending approval of lorcaserin in September 2010. Committee members' other safety concerns included psychiatric problems such as psychosis and breast and brain tumors seen in rats given the drug. Meanwhile, patients who took lorcaserin lost only a bit more weight than those given a placebo.
So let's repeat the mantra, no diet drug has ever worked in the long run and some of them are dangerous.
Meanwhile in Australia Doctors are shocked when fat teenage girls pressured to diet, exercise and lose weight don't retain healthy habits or weight loss after a year. One reason it failed was because the girls didn't care.
Participation in some of those activities was less than ideal. For example, the girls went to only one-quarter of optional lunchtime exercise sessions, and less than one in ten completed at-home physical activity or nutrition challenges, the researchers reported in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
The researchers thought they would try again with something more fun probably not realizing that 13 year old girls are vulnerable to weight loss peer pressure, and it is the age of being self-conscious. They will have it bad enough from their peers, they don't need it from adults, too. Here's an easy solution. Make sure there is enough funding for fun gym classes, after school sports, and healthy lunches, then let kid's weights fall into whatever range is normal for them.