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WEIGHT LOSS / SLIMMING MEDICATIONS Americans are learning to downsize everything—except food portions. Despite efforts by the medical community and governmental and private organizations, the obesity epidemic seems to be a runaway train. And what’s keeping up with that train? The type 2 diabetes prevalence.

Just as there’s no magic bullet for any big health problem, there’s no magic weight loss capsule. However, over the past four years, the FDA has approved four new drugs for weight loss. A recent meta-analysis of twenty-eight clinical trials involving over 28,000 participants found that each of the five FDA-approved weight loss drugs was associated with achieving at least five percent weight loss in one year, compared with participants who were given a placebo. Let’s take a look at these drugs. WEIGHT LOSS / SLIMMING MEDICATIONS