Is There A Cure For Obesity?

Could be-and drugmakers are determined to find it

For obesity sufferers, it's been a painfully long dry spell. The last new drug to treat the condition was approved in 1974, and it could only be used for three months. Since then, restrictive diets and exercise were the only treatment options for the 60 million or so obese adults. It's a strategy that has failed. Obesity costs Americans a staggering $100 billion in health-care costs and weight-loss schemes, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. Now, finally, there's hope for a little relief.

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