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The Wall Street Journal reports, A new generation of anti-obesity drugs could hit the market in coming months...The three new medications, which have been submitted for approval to the Food and Drug Administration, also can be expected to have side effects for some patients...But doctors say different weight-loss medications affect people differently, so having more choices should help them match a patient to a therapy that maximizes weight loss while minimizing side effects.

Having many different types of drugs to treat patients is good, says Stier. People respond differently to drugs and experience different side effects, so it s always better to find out which drug will minimize side effects and maximize benefit. ACSH agrees that lifestyle change is the first defense against obesity, but that s not enough for everyone. We need all the strategies we can find, including food technology and pharmaceutical solutions to move people towards their optimal weight.