Active Ingredient: Orlistat
Many obese people focus on medical causes of their problem such as hormones and genetics.
The results from this qualitative study of orlistat users indicated that by, showing patients the fat they have consumed, orlistat can shift patient models of obesity towards a more behavioural perspective, thus encouraging them to adopt a healthier diet.
Leventhal et al. Inline with this, Ogden and Sidhu argued that orlistat functions by educating patients and creating coherence between behavioural causes and therefore behavioural solutions for obesity.
To date, however, this process remains untested in a larger quantitative study.
In summary, although orlistat is currently the most commonly prescribed medication for the obese, there remains much variability in its effectiveness with only a minority of patients showing weight loss.
Research has therefore explored the possible reasons for the effectiveness of orlistat, and whereas some studies have emphasised baseline characteristics, others have highlighted changes in beliefs and behaviour brought about by the mechanisms of the drug itself.
To date, however, such studies have focused either on drugs other than orlistat, have been limited in their choice of variables, or have used small qualitative designs.
The present study, therefore, aimed to explore weight loss following a 6-month course of orlistat and to explore the role of demographics, beliefs, and behaviour in predicting outcomes in a large sample of patients.
Furthermore, inline with a focus on mechanisms, the study aimed to assess the role of both baseline variables and the changes occurring whilst orlistat was being taken.
Alli is a lower-dosage pill based on Xenical Orlistat that is prescribed by doctors to help dieters lose weight.
According to diet experts, Alli should be taken alongside a healthy, low calorie diet and regular exercise.
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