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PHOENIX -- If you think Americans are fat now, just wait! A new report says by 2030,13 states could have obesity rates over 60 percent.
The skinny on our nation's growing waistline comes as a new diet pill makes its debut giving a lot of people renewed hope in the battle of the bulge.
Qsymia is the second diet drug approved in recent months and it became available to patients on Tuesday. Prior to this, it had been 13 years since a new diet drug hit the market. While some are skeptical, others call are calling the pill magic.
“I do think prescription medicine in the right person is a very good tool for weight loss,” said Dr. Craig Primack with the Scottsdale Weight Loss Center.
And now Qsymia is available for obese and high risk patients.
“The FDA has set specific guidelines. A patient must be over 30 BMI or above 27 BMI with serious weight related risk factors like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol," said Dr. Primack.
Doctors believe this is the best diet drug released to date, decreasing a person's appetite while increasing their metabolism.
“Nothing should be taken lightly regarding your weight,” said Dr. Primack. “A comprehensive program is necessary if you go on the drug by itself you will see some weight loss but not like in the studies.”
Doctors agree, moderation and a healthy lifestyle remains the key to weight loss, but it's not the answer for all.
“Like any drug, if you don't need it don't be on it, but if you need it it is better to be on this drug then overweight for most people," said Primack.