Viagra For The Thighs?

A diet drug called orlistat could take off like last year's big seller--but oh, those funky side effects

No matter what she did, Cindy Smith just couldn't shed the 60 lbs. she'd gained during her pregnancy nine years ago. She went through over-the-counter weight-loss pills, liquid diets, starvation diets--always with the same result. "I would try it for about a week," says Smith, 38, a customer-service manager at a Houston bank. "I'd lose maybe 5 to 10 lbs., then get discouraged and end up dropping it."

A friend told her about an experimental diet drug being tested at nearby Baylor University, and Smith signed up. For two years, she and thousands of other overweight patients maintained a low-fat diet,...

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