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Issue Summary

From conflicting media reports to their own failed attempts to shed or keep off excess pounds, many consumers have become skeptical about the efficacy and safety of supplements to support weight loss. Globally, consumer attitudes toward dieting and weight management are shifting to more holistic, health-focused ideals, and the use of efficacious products with research-backed ingredients. Caffeine, probiotics, soy, Garcinia cambogia, and extracts from green tea or hot peppers are at the forefront of many formulations.

Table of Contents

Viewpoint: Bikini Bod or Nah?
by Rachel Adams

The Science of Weight Management
by Rachel Adams

Weight Management Ingredient Research
by Sudhir Ahluwalia

Weight Management Marketing Trends
by Lindsey Carnett

Dietary Fiber Definition Poses Challenges to Weight Management Products
by James Hoadley, Ph.D.

The Skinny on Making Weight Loss Claims
by Rachel Gartner, Esq., and Jacqueline Kuler, Esq.

Intellectual Property Trends in Weight Management
by Andreas Baltatzis, Esq. and Gideon Eckhouse, Esq.

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Takeaways for Your Business

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