oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Obesity : evidence-based pharmacy practice

Volume 77, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



Obesity is a global pandemic and is associated with many morbidities and early death. Obesity is increasing in prevalence in South Africa. Weight loss has been shown to reduce cardiovascular risks and prolong life. Interventions for weight loss include behavioural and lifestyle modification including diet and exercise, pharmacotherapy, and for the very obese, surgery may be an option. Pharmacists are responsible for informing patients of safe and effective weight loss and weight maintenance programmes which may or may not include pharmacotherapy. There are many herbal and food supplements available that are promoted for weight loss. There is limited evidence on their efficacy and safety but they are purchased and consumed widely, sometimes with deleterious effects.

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