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April 5, 1995

Weight Cycling-Reply

Author Affiliations

National Task Force on the Prevention and Treatment of Obesity Bethesda, Md

JAMA. 1995;273(13):999. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520370038028

In Reply.  —We agree with Drs Blackburn and Borrazzo that difficulties in the definition of weight cycling and other methodological considerations make meta-analysis an unacceptable method for determining the effects of weight cycling, based on currently available data. Therefore, we did not perform a meta-analysis; rather, we chose to critically review individual studies, noting the strengths and limitations of each. We agree with their conclusions that normal-weight individuals should focus on prevention of obesity, and that changes in lifestyle are essential; indeed, we tried to emphasize these points strongly in the article.Drs Ernsberger and Koletsky's assertion that seven of the nine scientific members are employed by weight-loss clinics is incorrect. In fact, none of the scientific members of the task force is employed by weight-loss clinics. All but one are employed as full-time university faculty. Dr Norma Goodwin is president of Healthwatch, a health-promotion organization that does not provide

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