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Healthcare, Volume 7, Issue 1 (March 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Effective strategies to manage obesity are urgently required. Evidence of the effectiveness of [...] Read more. Effective strategies to manage obesity are urgently required. Evidence of the effectiveness of weight management provided by dietitians has never been synthesized. This study searched for any randomized control trial (RCT) evidence ever published on individualized dietetic interventions. From 5796 unique articles, 14 RCTs met the inclusion criteria, six of which found that the dietitian intervention achieved better weight control than usual care, minimal care, or no intervention. Meta-analysis of five studies aimed at weight loss (n = 1598) found that the dietitian intervention delivered an additional 1.03 kg of weight loss compared to usual or minimal care. This is the first study to synthesize evidence on the effectiveness of individualized weight control delivered by a dietitian. Well-controlled studies are needed to strengthen this evidence base. View this paper