How Effective are Anti-Obesity Drugs
Over two-thirds of United States adults are overweight or obese. Last year the government declared Obesity as a national epidemic along with Type 2 Diabetes.
Risk Factors for Overweight and Obesity include stroke, hypertension, coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, sleep apnea and other breathing problems, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis.
In women, it can cause complications in pregnancy, menstrual irregularities and breast cancer. Obese people rely on popping anti-obesity drugs rather than opting for making drastic lifestyle changes.
Researchers at the University of Liverpool now are of the opinion that these anti-obesity drugs not only come with unavoidable side-effects but also are ineffective in addressing the root cause of obesity disorder. This article tries to gain further insight on this topic.
Knowledge Gained From Research:
- Researchers believe that these drugs deal with biological consequences of obesity, without addressing the important psychological causes which lead to weight gain.
- Behavioural and motivational factors most commonly cause obesity and obese people have a complicated psychological relationship with food which compel them to eat more than what is required to manage their weight.
- The study revealed that obesity-drug manufacturers do not make use of the huge amount of information now available about the neurochemicals which create a liking or craving for food.
- These information can not only used to develop anti-obesity drugs but also can be brought to use for preparing manuals which can guide obese people on managing their eating behaviour.
- It is learnt that obese people have high desire to eat fatty and sugary food items.
- They also prefer to eat faster and take larger mouthfuls, which results in excess eating of food.
- According to experts of biopsychology at the Liverpool University, anti-obesity drug manufacturers should also take in to account that, the food obese people choose is such that it does not cause the release of hormones, which provide a feeling of satisfaction and fullness after its intake.
- Anti-obesity drugs in the near future should be able to deal with these physical, emotional and psychological causes of Obesity effectively.
- These findings are of special relevance in recent times as there is an ever increasing rise in the number of obese people in the American society.