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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 5-18

Pharmacological treatment of obesity – present and future

Department of Obesity and Endocrinology, Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

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John PH Wilding
Department of Obesity and Endocrinology, University of Liverpool, Clinical Sciences Centre, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Longmoor Lane, Liverpool, L9 7AL
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.7707/hmj.429

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The levels of obesity rising worldwide are causing some of the most significant public health problems faced today. Patient education and self-empowerment are essential strategies for weight reduction in any individual. However, there are many challenges facing both the people who want to lose weight and the clinicians who help them. This article looks at the problem of obesity, focusing on how pharmacological treatments can be used to assist weight loss, the problems faced in the past using particular treatments, the treatments currently available and the treatments that may be available in the future.

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