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If you and your doctor believe that the use of weight-loss medications may help you, discussing the goals of treatment is important.

Primary Obesity Treatment Goals

Improving your health and reducing your risk for disease should be the primary goals.

Unrealistic Obesity Treatment Goal

Use of weight-loss medications for cosmetic purposes is not appropriate.

For most severely obese people, achieving an "ideal body weight" is both unrealistic and unnecessary to improve their health and reduce their risk for disease.

Most patients should not expect to reach an ideal body weight using the currently available medications.

But even a modest weight loss of 5 to 10 percent of your starting body weight can improve your health and reduce your risk factors for disease.

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