Researchers find drug helps obese teens lose weight

06/15/2005 | Canada.com

A Canadian study found the drug orlistat, which blocks fat absorption in the intestine, was more effective in reducing obese children's body mass index and their waistlines than placebos. The principal investigator in the study said orlistat was the first medication shown to be useful in obese children and that it went beyond changes in lifestyle, diet and activity. The drug, sold as Xenical by Hoffmann-La Roche, was given to 12- to 16-year-old children in the study.

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