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January 20, 1999

Pharmacotherapy for Obesity

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Division of Diabetes Translation (K-68), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga.

JAMA. 1999;281(3):278-280. doi:10.1001/jama.281.3.278

In the summer of 1957, my pediatrician became so concerned about my weight that he convinced my mother that I should begin taking pills to curb my appetite. I was 7 years old and weighed 70 pounds with a goal of reaching 60 pounds. I still remember how those pills made me feel; I had no appetite and felt chronically anxious. Most remarkable to me that summer was that my hands were always cold. I did reach my target weight but the chronic anxiety continued and the pills were stopped. I promptly regained all the weight that I had lost.