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Med Clin North Am. 2007 Nov;91(6):1225-53, xi.

Medical therapy for obesity--current status and future hopes.

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  • 1Pennington Center, 6400 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70808, USA.


In accepting any new drug for the treatment of obesity, the safety profile must make it acceptable for almost everyone. Criteria for selecting treatments involve evaluating the risks to the individual from obesity and balancing that against any possible problems with the treatment. Obesity is a chronic disease that has many causes. Cure is rare and treatment is thus aimed at palliation, that is, producing and maintaining weight loss. Wherever the primary site of action may be, however, the net effect must be a reduction in food intake or an increase in energy expenditure.

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