Shedding excess weight can be an extremely arduous task, especially if you use conventional methods. Diets rarely yield long-term weight loss. In her book The Psychology of Ideal Body Image as an Oppressive Force in the Lives of Women, Barbara Cohen, Ph.D. argues that 95% of diets fail. With two-thirds of Americans either overweight (defined as a body-mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher) or obese (a 30-plus BMI), there is clearly a need to stop this epidemic.
Ongoing research can provide promising solutions. Government agencies, universities, hospitals, and corporations are frequently enrolling patients in studies designed to test the effectiveness of new drugs, procedures and medical devices on weight loss management. Moreover, some studies will even provide an economic incentive for you to lose weight.
Finding the trial that's right for you.
Paidclinicaltrials.org is an excellent resource for starting your clinical trial search. It lists federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the U.S. and around the world. There are more than 1100 studies in obesity and/or weight loss which are actively recruiting to date.
In fact, more than 400 of these clinical trials are evaluating new treatments strategies such as drugs, behavioral modifications, devices, procedures, surgeries, and diets for their effectiveness in helping patients lose weight. To find clinical trials specific to weight loss management or obesity which are currently looking for patients, click here.
You can also tailor the search to your specific needs. For example, you can limit the search to clinical trials actively enrolling adults (18-65) in your state. You might initially be overwhelmed by the medical jargon used to describe each of the trials.
Don't be discouraged. Every trial description has the contact information for a health care professional involved in the study who can provide you with a clear understanding of the trial. They will explain the main purpose of the trial, how long they expect it to last, where it will be conducted, and what treatments will be used. Below, you'll find a list of just some of the drugs, procedures, or devices which are currently being investigated for use in weight loss management.