December 19, 1977

Treatment of Obesity-Reply

Author Affiliations

Medical University of South Carolina Charleston

JAMA. 1977;238(25):2696-2697. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280260026006

In Reply. —  We thank Brightwell, Foster, and Lee for their critical comments and interest in our article. We appreciate their remarks concerning the errors in our table (237:2831), and we have corrected the errors (see Table).We particularly regret the data of Penick et al3 being reversed with that of Brightwell and Calncy4 and the misspelling of Brightwell's and Clancy's names. We have made other minor data alterations to conform with Dr Brightwell's criticisms.We do feel that Brightwell, Foster, and Lee misinterpreted our intent on one issue that is very relevant to the efficacy of behavior modification in the treatment of obesity. We did not intentionally pick studies to show poor results for the treatment of obesity. Studies were chosen with a clinical population relevant to physicians who are treating obese patients with medical problems. Indeed, if so-called representative studies were taken from the behavior modification