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Diet pills 'not helpful'

People struggling to lose weight may want to consider obesity treatments as diet pills have been found to be ineffective.

A recent report presented at the International Congress on Obesity in Stockholm, Sweden, found that diet supplements are no more effective than a placebo at shaking off excess weight.

Cabbage powder, fibre pills and plant extracts were among the pills tested.

Hard work is another option to help shift the pounds.

Victoria Taylor, senior heart health dietician at the British Heart Foundation, said: "There are no quick fixes when it comes to weight loss.

"To reduce weight we need to be using up more energy than we are taking in and to achieve this we have to make changes to what we eat and how much activity we do."

A recent report from Datamonitor found that over 34 per cent of children aged between five and 12 in the UK are currently overweight or obese.

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