Use of Prescription Weight Loss Pills Among U.S. Adults in 1996-1998

According to the results of a telephone survey, nearly 5 million U.S. adults used prescription weight loss pills in 1996-1998. However, one quarter of users were not overweight, suggesting that weight loss pills may be inappropriately used, especially among women, white persons, and Hispanic persons.

Source: Annals of Internal Medicine 2001;134:282-286.

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