An estimated 38.2 million children around the world were overweight or obese. But thankfully scientists have discovered a drug that enhances weight loss.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), obesity is the abnormal or excessive fat accumulation in the body that may impair health. Over the last few decades, obesity has become a major problem for a lot of people around the world. In the United States, about 40 percent of its citizens suffer from this disease. And also in 2019, an estimated 38.2 million children around the world were overweight or obese. But thankfully scientists have discovered an incredible drug that enhances weight loss like no other.
Obesity is something that’s actually hard to treat and also something that scientists can’t really understand. A lot of people try to treat obesity by carrying out intensive exercise and eating healthy food. But really, the only two options that seem to work effectively is bariatric surgery and weight loss medications. Bariatric surgery can be risky and comes with some complications. And the drugs used in weight loss medications don’t always work, plus they can also come with some side effects.
Recently scientists carried out an experimental treatment that shows a lot of potential in treating obese patients. The experiment has been detailed in a study published this week.
The experiment involved about 2,000 obese people from 16 different countries. Each participant was given a weekly dose of a drug called semaglutide.
This is an existing drug that has been approved in the United States. And since 2017, it has been used for treating type 2 diabetes.
In the experiment, the 2,000 obese people were divided into two groups. One group treated with semaglutide while the other group took only a placebo. At the end of the experiment, both groups lost weight quite alright. But those who were treated with semaglutide lost significantly more weight.
According to the published report, over 30 percent of the group taking semaglutide lost about 20 percent of their body weight. While the remaining percent of the group lost on average 14.9 percent of their body weight.
Now according to the scientists, this makes semaglutide a more effective approach, as it is twice as effective as other existing weight loss medications.
“No other drug has come close to producing this level of weight loss – this really is a game-changer. And for the first time, people can achieve through drugs what was only possible through weight-loss surgery.” says obesity researcher Rachel Batterham from University College London.