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Weight Disorders: Alternative Interventions 

Weight Disorders: Alternative Interventions
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Weight Disorders: Alternative Interventions
Author(s):

Laura E. Matarese

, Glenn Harvin

, and Eslam Ali

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190933043.003.0024
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date: 09 May 2021

Obesity and its associated comorbidities remain a significant global health issue. Despite the well-known consequences and related comorbidities associated with being overweight and obese, the prevalence remains alarmingly high and is increasing. In 2011–2014, the prevalence of obesity was 36.5% in adults and 17% in youth. The exact reasons for the prevalence and increase are multifactorial but reflect the overall lack of success of standard treatments. It is therefore not surprising that individuals often seek alternative therapies, including a variety of fibers, minerals, teas, and herbal supplements. Aside from the financial implications, many of these products have very little supporting evidence; some are unsafe. This chapter will review some of these alternative therapies with emphasis on the scientific evidence that supports or refutes their use.

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