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The Role of Commercial Weight-Loss ProgramsThe Role of Commercial Weight-Loss Programs

Christina C. Wee, MD, MPH
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From Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Financial Support: Dr. Wee is funded by a National Institutes of Health Mid-Career Mentorship Award (K24 DK087932).

Disclosures: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M15-0429.

Requests for Single Reprints: Christina C. Wee, MD, MPH, Division of General Medicine and Primary Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215; e-mail, cwee@bidmc.harvard.edu.

Ann Intern Med. 2015;162(7):522-523. doi:10.7326/M15-0429
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In this issue, Gudzune and colleagues review evidence on the efficacy of commercial programs that focus on nutrition and incorporate behavioral counseling or social support as components. The editorialist discusses the study and stresses the importance of evaluating whether partnering physician counseling with these programs improves effectiveness.

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