Dietary treatment of obesity localized in different regions. The effect of dietary fibre on relapse

Int J Obes. 1987;11 Suppl 1:79-85.


Ninety-four obese women were matched in pairs with similar body mass index and age but with as wide variations as possible in regional obesity, estimated by the waist/hip (W/H) circumference ratio. Body composition and metabolic variables were determined. The women were instructed to lower their energy intake to 1100 kcal/d, and were then seen every 4th week by a dietitian. After 5 per cent weight decrease initial measurements of body composition were repeated and when reaching weight steady state (less than 2 kg weight decrease upon two visits) both body composition and metabolic variables were again determined. Before the start of diet there was a positive correlation between W/H ratio on the one hand and insulin and alanine aminotransferase on the other. There was no correlation between rate of weight decrease, loss of cell body mass or diminution of circumferences with the W/H ratio. The examination of potential effects of dietary fibre on relapse is currently in progress.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Body Composition
  • Body Weight
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Dietary Fiber / therapeutic use*
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / diet therapy*
  • Obesity / metabolism
  • Random Allocation
  • Recurrence