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Health in 2005: What May Come

What's in store for us in 2005? Health experts peer into crystal ball for the new year and beyond.

By Denise Mann
WebMD Feature

Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario

From the declining popularity of plastic surgery reality TV and the dawn of implantable contact lenses to a scaling back of the low-carb craze, a beefing up of basic physical fitness, and an influx of new drugs to treat such vexing conditions as diabetes and the blinding eye disease macular degeneration, 2005 may just prove to be a happy and a healthy new year.

That's why WebMD asked leaders in many fields to get out their crystal balls and tell us what's in store for 2005.

Here's what they had to say:

The Skinny on Obesity Research

Obesity will continue to be a big topic in 2005, experts tell WebMD. "There will be no one, big, blow-out, breakthrough coming, just more information that will support the idea of treating obesity," says Louis J. Aronne MD, a clinical professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York and president of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity. Though he is not sure there will be any new drugs approved to treat obesity in 2005, there will be some activity for Acomplia, a weight loss drug that also helps people quit smoking.