The Physicians Committee


‘Oprah Effect’ Should Promote Plant-Based Diet

The “Oprah effect” has raised the profile of Oprah Winfrey’s favorite products, books, and people. And it may now lead millions of her fans to Weight Watchers—which she has recently bought a stake in. I hope that Ms. Winfrey, who knows the benefits of a vegan diet, will use her new partnership to create a program—like our 21-Day Vegan Kickstart—geared toward plant-based nutrition.

Vegetarian Diets Aid Weight Management

A vegetarian dietary pattern may be the most effective for weight loss, according to a meta-analysis published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Researchers at Harvard, in conjunction with researchers in Taiwan, reviewed 12 randomized controlled trials, with and without calorie restrictions, encompassing 1,151 participants assigned to various vegetarian and nonvegetarian weight-loss diets.