Monday, 28 March 2011

Record Numbers of Prescribed Diet Pills For Obesity

Are people giving up on diets? Apparently nearly 1.5 million prescriptions for diet pills are being given out every year which is 11 times more than ten years ago. In 1980, obesity affected around 7 percent of adults, whereas by 2009 it had grown to 23 per cent.

Latest figures from the NHS Information Centre show that 1.45 million prescriptions for obesity pills were handed out in 2009 compared with 127,000 in 1999. Currently, only Orlisat, trade name Xenical, is available for seriously overweight patients. It works by interrupting the absorption of fats, passing them out as waste products.

The problem with taking diet pills is they are often used instead of changing eating habits. So unless major changes are made to the way people eat, once they stop taking these pills, they weight goes back on. Read the whole report here.


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