Obesity Rates in America Are Soaring — Is There New Hope?

The average American is getting shorter and fatter, and on the verge of matching the medical definition for obesity, according to a reportthis week from the Centers for Disease Control. The six new drugs to treat obesity set to release in the U.S. by 2026 can’t come soon enough. These weight-loss drugs could improve drastically upon current medication and have the potential to spur a major leap forward in treating obesity as a disease.

“Y’all better buckle up because things are about to change. The world is about to change,” said Dr. Harold Bays, the medical director and president for the Louisville Metabolic and Atherosclerosis Research Center who has served as an investigator for more than 500 clinical trials over the last 30 years. “We’ve got a ways to go, but I think the future looks tons brighter now than it ever has.”

Excerpted from CNBC

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