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Do diets work?

VOL: 97, ISSUE: 44, PAGE NO: 46Lesley Milne is dietitian, Obesity Research Centre, Luton and Dunstable HospitalDespite the array of diets and weight loss products on the market the incidence of obesity is rising. In the UK between 1980 and 1996 the prevalence of obesity (defined as a body mass index greater than 30kg/m2) more than doubled. Its incidence in men has increased from 6% to 16%, and in women from 8% to 17.3% (Department of Health, 1993).

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