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Editorial
January 4, 2006

Low-Fat Diets and Weight Change

Author Affiliations
 

Author Affiliations: Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, Tufts-New England Medical Center (Dr Dansinger); and Lipid Metabolism Laboratory, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University (Dr Schaefer), Boston, Mass.

JAMA. 2006;295(1):94-95. doi:10.1001/jama.295.1.94

The article by Howard and colleagues1 in this issue of JAMA, which reports on the largest, most ambitious randomized dietary intervention trial conducted to date, has concluded that a low-fat diet program does not produce weight gain.1 Despite the impressive features of this landmark study, the findings on long-term weight change are somewhat underwhelming.

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