We urgently need to test complementary weight loss treatments

HOUSEHOLD medicine cabinets the world over hold an assortment of complementary medicines. Without being entirely sure whether they work, consumers routinely stock up on alternative medicines.

In Australia, they’re used by as many as one in two people, and they’re the fastest-growing group of medications. 

Weight loss accounts for a growing proportion of the complementary medicines market. 

While we do have evidence of the benefits of complementary medicines for various health conditions, we are flying blind on weight loss claims.