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Schweiz Med Wochenschr. 1976 May 22;106(21):713-7.

[Long-term results of fasting. Results from 132 consecutive patients after 1-6 1/2 years].

[Article in German]


132 consecutive patients were reexamined 1-6.5 years (m = 2.8) after total fasting in hospital. 37 patients had continued to lose weight, 20 patients had maintained their fasting result (+/-2 kg) and 7 patients had slightly regained (less than 1/3 of their weight loss during fast). These 3 groups, totalling 64 patients (48%), were considered successful. Their mean overweight was diminished from 57 to 29%, corresponding to a 60% reduction of mortality in certain age groups. On the other hand, 63 patients (48%) had regained more than 1/3 of their original weight loss. Five patients (4%) were lost to follow-up. Selection of patients and long-term follow-up appeared to have a decisive bearing on long-term results of fasting, whereas factors such as age, sex, degree of overweight, onset of overweight in childhood and sports were without significant effect. From the long-term results presented, it is concluded that under certain conditions fasting in hospital is warranted. Behaviour therapy is a possible alternative in the treatment of obesity.

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