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Defeatist Attitude Of Overweight Women Often Leads To Failure Of Weight Loss Drugs

September 5, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A British researcher reports that obese patients who fail to lose weight while taking an anti-obesity drug are hampered by their own perceptions about themselves and about the weight loss process. Dr. Amelia Hollywood interviewed 10 overweight patients who had been prescribed the weight loss medication Orlistat. Over 18 months the patients had all gained weight while on the drug. The women told Dr. Hollywood that their failure to lose weight was an inevitable part of their identity, and reflected a self-fulfilling belief that they would always be on a diet. She recommended that doctors who prescribe weight loss drugs stress the importance of a proper –i.e., low fat – diet to avoid adverse consequences.
Amelia Hollywood, "When Psychology Trumps Anti Obesity Drugs", News release, presentation at the annual conference of the British Psychological Society's Division of Health Psychology, September 05, 2012, © British Psychological Society
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