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June 15, 2005

Pharmacotherapy for Adolescent Obesity: A Weighty Issue

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Student Health and Wellness Center, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.

JAMA. 2005;293(23):2932-2934. doi:10.1001/jama.293.23.2932

Until public health efforts to prevent child and adolescent obesity are developed and successfully implemented on a broad scale, physicians are likely to encounter significant numbers of obese adolescents for the foreseeable future. Many of these young people display features associated with the development of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and some experience social stigma and other psychosocial morbidity. Research has shown that obese adolescents are likely to become obese adults,1 yet changing the trajectory of obesity in this age group remains an elusive goal. Hence, appropriate management of this chronic health condition is a pressing but daunting task for physicians.