Obesity is a significant public health problem that affects people of all ages, including teenagers. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 13% of the global population is obese, and this number has been increasing in recent years.
In the United States, obesity is a particularly pressing issue for teenagers. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 20% of adolescents in the US aged 12-19 are obese. This number has been increasing in recent decades, and obesity is now one of the most common chronic health conditions among children and adolescents in the US.
Bud gladly, the young ones now have a new way to fight obesity.
Wegovy, the new revolutionizing drug
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has now approved the use of the drug known as Wegovy for teenagers, which is considered an efficient tool in fighting obesity, according to Gizmodo.
A clinical trial has proven the effectiveness of Wegovy, as children who took it lost much more weight compared to the subjects who were given a placebo.
The STEP TEENS trial recently published its findings in the New England Journal of Medicine, revealed that teens who took the experimental drug lost an average of 14.7% of their body weight over the course of a year. On the other hand, those in the placebo group gained an average of 2.7% of their body weight. The treatment group also experienced an average BMI decrease of 16.1%, while the placebo group saw a 0.6% increase in BMI.
Aaron S. Kelly from the Center for Pediatric Obesity Medicine at the University of Minnesota, stated as Gizmodo quotes:
The prevalence of teen obesity in the U.S. continues to rise, affecting teens and their families. Now, more than ever, we need new options to support teens,
This FDA approval offers an additional tool to address this serious, chronic, progressive disease.
Obesity is a serious public health problem that can have significant negative impacts on physical and mental health. People who are obese are at an increased risk of a range of health problems, including cancer, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and so on.