Source: The Mercury, 22 March, 1995, p.16
San Francisco. Happiness, at least in the form of thin thighs, might not come in a jar. Two studies released yes- terday at a plastic surgeons' convention here raised quest- ions about the much touted creams whichare said to melt fat from thighs. And according to the plastic surgeons, they don't work. "We found that if you just apply the cream and don't change your diet or exercise, there's no difference", said Dr. Leroy Young of St. Louis's Washington Uni- versity. He and his colleagues had 17 women apply cream on one thigh and one side of their stomach for eight weeks. Half the women used the fat-melting cream and half used a placebo. In addition to the objective evaluation - thigh measure- ments and before-and-after photos evaluated by outside observers - 16 out of the 17 women themselves saw no differences in the thighs treated with the $US30 ($A41) jar of cream. The 17th woman was convinced, however, even though her weight and measurement were unchanged.
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