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February 12, 2011

I was recently asked to speak on Fox News regarding 3 weight control medications that FDA is reviewing for approval.  As I’ve written previously, we need numerous “tools” to help manage weight in our “obesogenic” society.  As I discuss in the interview, no medication will “cure” obesity, but they can be of significant help for those who try to eat healthy and exercise yet still have difficulties managing their weight.  While I use weight control medications in only a small minority of my patients (approximately 2-5%), they can be very helpful for the right patients at the right times (and used in the right way).  Ultimately, we need to continue research and find options in which the benefits outweigh the risks, as is the case with medications for any disorder… unfortunately, no medication -whether for weight management or diabetes or infections – is without risks.

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