The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology reports that under-18s for whom anti-obesity drugs are not licensed are being prescribed these products nevertheless. The number of young people receiving prescriptions for these drugs has increased fiftenfold since 1999, the journal says. However, most children stop using them before they could expect to see any benefit, according to the study. "It's possible that the drugs are being given inappropriately, or that they have excessive side-effects that make young people discontinue their use, " says Russell Viner of the General & Adolescent Paediatrics Unit at University College London. "On the other hand they could be expecting the drugs to deliver a miracle 'quick fix' and stop using them when sudden, rapid weight loss does not occur."
Growing problem of obesity drugs