(CBSNEWS) — Commercial weight loss programs may be just as good -- if not better -- than those that come from a health care professional.
A new study showed that people enrolled in Weight Watchers lost as much weight on average as people who were guided by a medical professional.
"Group-based weight-loss treatment produced weight loss, whether delivered by a professional or peer counselor," study author Angela Marinilli Pinto, assistant professor of psychology at Baruch College of the City University of New York, told HealthDay. "When people are in a group with others on the same journey, they feel there is that element of, 'OK, this worked for him or her, perhaps it will work for me. Perhaps I can give it a try.'"
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