Health care providers use the Body Mass Index BMI , which is a measure of your weight in relation to your height, to define overweight and obesity. People who have a BMI between 25 and 30 are considered overweight. Obesity is defined as having a BMI of 30 or greater. You can calculate your BMI to learn if you are overweight or obese. Being overweight or obese may increase the risk of health problems. Your health care provider can assess your individual risk due to your weight. Obesity is a chronic condition that affects more than one in three adults in the United States. Another one in three adults is overweight. If you are struggling with your weight, you may find that a healthy eating plan and regular physical activity help you lose weight and keep it off over the long term.
Drugs Used to Treat Weight Loss
What Are Weight Loss Drugs?
These are claimed to help you lose weight, or at least make it easier to lose weight combined with other methods. Garcinia cambogia became popular worldwide after being featured on the Dr. Oz show in The skin of the fruit contains hydroxycitric acid HCA. This is the active ingredient in garcinia cambogia extract, which is marketed as a diet pill. How it works: Animal studies show that it can inhibit a fat-producing enzyme in the body and increase levels of serotonin, potentially helping to reduce cravings 1 , 2.
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Medically reviewed by L. Anderson, PharmD Last updated on Apr 13, Tools added to medication treatment usually include a plan for lower fat and calorie foods, as well as a regular exercise program. Most weight loss drugs that suppress the appetite are known as anorexiants. Some weight loss drugs contain a stimulant medication and are classified as controlled substances by the Drug Enforcement Agency DEA. Since that time, several more new weight loss medications have been approved, including Contrave, Saxenda, and Belviq XR. Patients who are overweight or obese with any health condition should consult with their physician prior to beginning a weight loss or exercise program. There are very few proven choices in over-the-counter OTC or nonprescription medications for effective weight loss. One agent that is available without a prescription is Alli orlistat , a lower-dose version of the prescription drug Xenical. Many people who are trying to lose weight may attempt to use dietary supplements or herbal medications , but most of these products have not been adequately studied for effectiveness or safety and none are approved by the U.
See also: Obesity and sub-topics. The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition. Drug class: CNS stimulants , anorexiants.