Consensus statement: Appropriate consumer education and communication programs for weight- loss agents in Asia

Siew Pheng Chan, William C. Chui, Kwok Wing Lro, Kuo Chin Huang, Normita D. Leyesa, Wen Yuan Lin, Roberto C. Mirasol, Yolanda R. Robles, Beng Hea Tey, Thomas Paraidathathu

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    Background and aim. The increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity worldwide demands increased efforts in the prevention and management of obesity. This article aims to present consensus statements promoting appropriate consumer education and communication programs for weight-loss agents in Asia. Methods. Panel members from various disciplines developed consensus statements based on an expert meeting on the benefits of consumer education and communication programs for over-the-counter weight-loss agents. Key opinion leaders discussed relevant data that served as the basis of the recommendations. Results. Obesity is a growing epidemic in Asia, turning the region into a potential market for weight-loss products and services. Current trends in direct-to-consumer advertising demonstrate the pervasiveness of false representations lacking adequate substantiation. Relevant issues and recommendations were established. Conclusions. Public education on weight management is a shared responsibility; there is a need to raise public awareness of obesity and its health-related consequences. Advertising guidelines should ensure responsible direct-to-consumer advertising of weight-loss agents.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)641-649
    Number of pages9
    JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
    Volume24
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012

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    Keywords

    • consensus statement
    • consumer education and communication programs
    • direct-to-consumer advertising
    • over-the-counter weight-loss agents
    • overweight and obesity in Asia

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    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Medicine(all)

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    Chan, S. P., Chui, W. C., Lro, K. W., Huang, K. C., Leyesa, N. D., Lin, W. Y., ... Paraidathathu, T. (2012). Consensus statement: Appropriate consumer education and communication programs for weight- loss agents in Asia. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 24(4), 641-649. https://doi.org/10.1177/1010539511402189

    Consensus statement : Appropriate consumer education and communication programs for weight- loss agents in Asia. / Chan, Siew Pheng; Chui, William C.; Lro, Kwok Wing; Huang, Kuo Chin; Leyesa, Normita D.; Lin, Wen Yuan; Mirasol, Roberto C.; Robles, Yolanda R.; Tey, Beng Hea; Paraidathathu, Thomas.

    In: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, Vol. 24, No. 4, 07.2012, p. 641-649.

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    Chan, SP, Chui, WC, Lro, KW, Huang, KC, Leyesa, ND, Lin, WY, Mirasol, RC, Robles, YR, Tey, BH & Paraidathathu, T 2012, 'Consensus statement: Appropriate consumer education and communication programs for weight- loss agents in Asia', Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 641-649. https://doi.org/10.1177/1010539511402189
    Chan, Siew Pheng ; Chui, William C. ; Lro, Kwok Wing ; Huang, Kuo Chin ; Leyesa, Normita D. ; Lin, Wen Yuan ; Mirasol, Roberto C. ; Robles, Yolanda R. ; Tey, Beng Hea ; Paraidathathu, Thomas. / Consensus statement : Appropriate consumer education and communication programs for weight- loss agents in Asia. In: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. 2012 ; Vol. 24, No. 4. pp. 641-649.
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