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New weight-loss drugs may boost drugmaker profits

Obesity kills millions of people each year, but pharmaceutical companies and doctors have focused primarily on treating diseases caused by excess weight, such as diabetes, rather than on height itself.

One of the reasons for this is the stigma that accompanies this disease: many medical professionals still see excess weight as a lifestyle problem that should only be addressed through healthier diets and exercise. . A much bigger problem, however, has been the shortage of safe and effective drugs. This has left the gigantic weight loss business mostly in the hands of dietitians, calorie counting apps, trainers and fad diet creators.


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