Good Enough: A visual representation of the weight loss promises of Belviq, a new diet drug just approved the FDA.
And lets not forget rave reviews like these…
“Side effects with the drug include depression, migraine and memory lapses.” -Associated Press
“People taking Belviq were twice as likely to have neuropsychiatric and cognitive side effects.” -ABC News
“…only achieving modest weight loss in clinical studies…” -Washington Post
“[Stock photo of a fat person from the neck down]” -CNN
“Clearly [Belviq] is only effective in some cases…” -Dr. Barry Popkin, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
“…the effects are moderate at best.” -Dr. Robert Eckel, University of Colorado-Denver
As usual, the standard with the medicalizing stigmatization of fat people is “good enough” and “safe enough”. This also gives the diet industry a chance to shout about how a 5% reduction in weight has actually been shown to be enormously beneficial as if that proves their case. If I lost 5% of my body weight, I’d still be fat enough to be harassed to lose 5% of my body weight. Significant benefits from such a marginal weight loss just suggests that body weight isn’t actually a dominant factor. Yet, the diet industry insists this means they need to make more billions than they already are promising massive weight loss, but settling for 5%.
Maybe. At least within 2 years. Its not like people haven’t been shown to regain weight past 2 years. I mean, other than it has been shown that this happens.