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Weight Control Drugs
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  • Authored by: Richard Worth and Christine Adamec; Consulting Editor: David J. Triggle, Ph.D.
  • From the Series: Understanding Drugs
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  • ISBN-10: 1438144717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4381-4471-9
  • Status: In Stock
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  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 01/01/2017
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  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up

Summary

Two-thirds of American adults are considered overweight or obese, according to the National Institutes of Health. Obesity puts people at increased risk for life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and some types of cancer. Drugs and supplements promising to control weight have been sold for decades, with varying degrees of safety and effectiveness. Today's FDA-approved prescription weight control drugs act by limiting the body's calorie absorption or by altering the levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain to suppress appetite.

Weight Control Drugs explains today's weight crisis and describes the drugs used to control weight, the way they work, the dangers of unregulated weight control supplements, and new drugs under investigation. Dramatic "you-are-there" case studies show how weight control drugs impact real life, and sidebars offer supplementary facts, compelling statistics, and historical information. 

Chapters include:

  • Weight-Control Drugs and Human Health
  • A History of Weight-Control Drugs
  • The Obesity Crisis
  • The Science of Weight-Control Drugs
  • Losing Weight: Exercise, Drugs, and Other Options
  • Weight Loss, Society, and the Law
  • The Future of Weight-Control Drugs.

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