The Need for Evidence-based Obesity Treatments

A day doesn’t go by without the OAC being approached by the latest company offering “miracle” solutions for obesity treatment.  Whether “magic powder” to sprinkle on your food or pills that “have the same effect as a gastric bypass,” our message is the same – “Show us the data.”  This usually has the “miracle” seller hem and haw saying that they are happy to show us their Web site, YouTube videos and patient testimonials, but almost none of them have legitimate scientific peer-reviewed evidence in legitimate scientific journals supported by the appropriate medical societies. If no such research, OAC always says thanks for thinking of us, but no thanks.

As an organization, we are committed to evidence-based obesity treatments for those who want and need treatment and when such treatment is delivered in the hands of a skilled medical provider. I am personally tired of the so-called “supplement” providers praying on the wants and fears of those affected by obesity. If you are at that point when you are considering a new treatment option, I’d challenge you to personally review the evidence behind such an intervention and discuss it with your healthcare provider. Only then can you make truly informed consent. If you don’t know how or where to find the data, OAC is here to help. Just let us know and we’ll do our best to help you find the information.

To those offering the “miracles,” please stop. If you have such a product and it’s really a miracle, you should go through the appropriate regulatory process to have it approved as a legitimate evidence-based therapy. The financial rewards of doing so would be astronomical. Your unwillingness to do that only demonstrates that your product is a gimmick.

Making a Difference Together,

Joe



One Comment for this Post
  • Pam Davis
    May 2, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Amen. The next time you hear of the next great weight loss miracle, please refer back to this blog and when the owner of the miracle is saying to you, “show me the money,” simply respond, “right after you show me the data.”



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