Mayadah B. Shehadeh, Ghadeer A. R. Y. Suaifan, Rula M. Darwish
Dietary supplements, herbal medicine, CAM, weight control, adults, Jordan
Association of obesity with life-threatening diseases has been well documented in literature. Currently, obesity is on the rise both in developed and developing countries. This study investigated the prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use for weight management. Cross-sectional survey was used. Data were collected from 1388 adults living in Jordan. The overall use of CAM among participants within the past year was explored. Association between participants’ body mass index and CAM utilization was also investigated. The response rate was 93.3 %. Forty-nine percent of the participants were overweight or obese. Almost half of the participants had tried to manage their weight in the past 12 months. Out of which, 72.6 % used at least one form of CAM modalities. Herbal dietary supplements were reported to be convenient for overweight and obese elderly. Green tea was the most commonly used herbal supplement, based on relatives’ advice. Obese participants were more likely to use CAM in combination with conventional methods to manage their body weight. This concomitant use may increase the risk of serious adverse effects. Therefore, evidence-based studies of CAM efficacy, adverse effects and potential drug-herb interactions should be examined in future studies.
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Mayadah B. Shehadeh, Ghadeer A. R. Y. Suaifan, Rula M. Darwish. (2017) Complementary and Alternative Modalities; A New Vein in Weight Control and Reduction Interventions. A Pilot Study in Jordan. International Journal of Biology and Biomedicine, 2, 1-5