Health: Fat Pill For Teens

Xenical may have the FDA's blessing, but is it a good idea?

As a child, I never thought much about my weight. I wasn't served sugary cereals, and I played outside with my friends, as my mother instructed me, till the streetlights came on. Like most children back in the '80s, when only 5% of U.S. kids were overweight, we were trim, maybe even skinny. But the percentage of overweight or obese children has tripled since then, along with all manner of related health risks, from diabetes to heart disease. And now our quick-fix society has come up with a pill for the problem: Xenical, the first obesity drug approved by the Food...

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