Researchers have hailed the findings as a potential step in improving the health of people living with obesity.
For the first time it is possible to achieve through drugs what was previously only possible through weight-loss surgery, they said.
The drug, semaglutide, works by taking over the body’s own appetite regulating system in the brain, leading to reduced hunger and calorie intake.
It’s the only through surgery bit that’s wrong. Because of course there are other ways of taking over the body’s own appetite regulating system. By will.
“I’m going to eat less” or “I’m going to eat differently” or even “I’ll change how much I eat, what, and do a bit more exercise” all work assuming that the individual does actually do those things. As someone who has lost more than 10% of body weight on that third option I do know this works.
That the drug makes it easier, sure. But it’s possible without it.