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Fad diets are at best ineffective and can be harmful, warns NHS medical director

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 31 December 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l7083
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

NHS medical director Stephen Powis has advised the public to avoid fad diets, including those that require diet pills and appetite suppressant products, because they are “at best ineffective and sometimes can be harmful.”

Powis said that as people start to think about making New …

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