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Clin Med Insights Endocrinol Diabetes. 2015 Feb 17;8:7-11. doi: 10.4137/CMED.S23060. eCollection 2015.

Unhealthy weight control practices: culprits and clinical recommendations.

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1
Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, The Ottawa Hospital-General Campus, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. ; Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
2
Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

Preoccupation with weight status and a desire to lose weight appears common. Many individuals seek "magic bullet" approaches to weight loss and waive the risks of using these products. In this paper, we review the challenges of weight maintenance, highlight some unhealthy weight control practices, and discuss the futility and potential danger of unregulated weight control agents. Novel clinical strategies are discussed that health care providers may use to triage patients with obesity in an attempt to make ethical and personalized treatment decisions.

KEYWORDS:

obesity; substances; supplements; unhealthy weight practices; weight control; weight cycling; weight loss; weight management

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