October 2, 2014
The findings hearten proponents of a theory that it's possible to be “fit and fat.” (CBS/The Early Show)
ATLANTA (AP) - A new study found an experimental diet pill helped about half the people who tried it to lose weight and keep it off a year later.
The pill lorcaserin (lore-KASS-ah-rin) helped overweight and obese people lose at least 5 percent of their body weight without the heart problems some other drugs have caused.
Lorcaserin is one of three new diet drugs seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration. It's made by Arena Pharmaceuticals of San Diego. The study was reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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