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With the obesity rate rising, the pharmaceutical industry is stepping in.

For the third time in two years, the FDA has approved a new diet pill for the public. Contrave got FDA approval earlier this month and will be hitting shelves soon.

The new diet pill, Contrave, will be geared for people who have a BMI of 30 or more or are at least 100 pounds overweight.The medication is made by Orexigen Therapeutics Inc., San Diego, and will be marketed by Takeda Pharmaceutical of Japan.

You Still Need to Diet and Exercise

Although the drug helps suppress appetite, it still requires implementing a healthy diet and exercise regimen. In their study the drug helped subjects be 2-4 percent more successful in weight loss than those subjects who received the placebo. Remember, there is no way to lose weight, keep it off and eat whatever you want while sitting on the sofa.

"Obesity continues to be a major public health concern," said the FDA's Jean-Marc Guettier in a press release. "When used as directed, in combination with a healthy lifestyle that includes a reduced-calorie diet and exercise, Contrave provides another treatment option."

With 78.6 million adults in the US considered obese, current treatment options for helping people lose weight aren't showing much success. Additionally, healthcare providers are slow to cover these prescriptions with monthly out of pocket costs of upwards of $200.

For those that need it, Contrave can be an aid to a healthier lifestyle. Likewise, anyone can take the first steps towards being healthier today.  

Take a 10 minute walk during lunch. Eat five prunes or handful of almonds for a snack. Start a sleep ritual in getting to bed early or even drink more water. Any one of these easy habits can start your mental and physical health in a better direction!

If you have any health or fitness related questions, please feel free to reach out on Facebook or email me directly at andrea@womensforum.com.

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