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Prescriptions for weight loss, diabetes drugs for young people leaped 600% since 2020, study says

  • The use of GLP-1 drugs among 12- to 25-year-olds increased by almost 600% from about 8,700 to over 60,000 a month from 2020 to 2023.
  • Monthly use of GLP-1 medications saw a significant surge in the younger age group despite a decrease in prescriptions for other drugs.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended early evaluation and aggressive treatment, including medication, for children and teens with obesity in early 2023.
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