Help for obese a phone call away

February 16, 2009 3:15:39 PM PST
Drugs help, but a call on the phone help even more

Phone support improves the success for smokers trying to kick the habit.

And it apparently does the same for dieters.

In a study of 400 dieters taking the drug Meridia, doctors discovered that those also getting phone counseling, lost as much weight as those seeing their doctor face-to-face.

Researchers say patients need support for changing their long-standing bad eating habits.

Phone counseling is less expensive, and more convenient to offer than in-person sessions.

The study was reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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