Join a Program! part 2

Jennifer Hudson, the face of Weight Watchers, an amazing success story

This is a follow-up  to a previous post I wrote on the effectiveness of weight loss programs like Weight Watchers in comparison to primary care physicians.

A Weight Watchers funded study, “Primary care referral to a commercial provider for weight loss treatment versus standard care: a randomised controlled trial” found that people who joined a commercial provider were twice more likely to lose weight than those who joined primary care facilities. The added advantage of commercial programs like Weight Watchers is that

regular weighing, advice about diet and physical activity, motivation, and group support can offer a clinically useful early intervention for weight management in overweight and obese people that can be delivered at large scale.

377 participants were assigned to the commercial programme, of whom 230 (61%) completed the 12-month assessment; and 395 were assigned to standard care, of whom 214 (54%) completed the 12-month assessment. In all analyses, participants in the commercial programme group lost twice as much weight as did those in the standard care group.

Jennifer Hudson is now the face of Weight Watchers and is paying forward her success by opening a weight loss center on the south side of Chicago. I was fortunate enough to go to the Structure House weight loss program in Durham NC, and lost 120 lbs over an 18 month period, and managed to keep it off!


Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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