Weight loss pills make you fat!
A new study has revealed that false beliefs about these drugs are responsible for the ever rising obesity epidemic.
Washington: A new study has revealed that false beliefs about these drugs are responsible for the ever rising obesity epidemic.
According to study authors Lisa E. Bolton (Pennsylvania State University), Amit Bhattacharjee (Dartmouth College) and Americus Reed, II (University of Pennsylvania), weight management remedies that promise to reduce the risks of being overweight may undermine consumer motivation to engage in health-supportive behaviors.
Study participants were each given free access to a bowl of chocolate cookies, with one group advised ahead of time about a new, powerful, fat-fighting pill.
The group that believed in the existence of the new pill ate significantly more cookies per person-some participants consuming as many as 30. An additional test showed that the more fattening the cookie, the more the participants would overeat, as long as they expected to be able to take the weight loss pill.
The study warned that the very people who need to reduce weight the most and are desperately reaching for weight loss pills are unfortunately the ones most likely to then dangerously increase their consumption of unhealthy foods.
The study was published in the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing.
21 Sep 2019 10:31 AM GMT