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Lose weight with a friend, study says

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For the 78 million American adults who are obese and may be ready to lose a significant amount of weight, a new study has some advice: Don’t go it alone.

The study was conducted with a grant from Weight Watchers International and carried out, in part, by weight management experts at Baylor College of Medicine. In a group of 292 participants, the roughly half who were enrolled in Weight Watchers were more than eight times likelier to lose 5 percent of their body weight over six months than were those who were sent on their weight-loss journey armed with a packet of printed materials on dietary and exercise guidelines for safe weight loss.

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