For decades public health experts have warned us about the negative consequences of the obesity epidemic. However, the numbers continue to rise with no signs of slowing down, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 70% of adults over the age of 20 are either overweight or obese. The consequences of obesity are well established and include functional concerns such as back and joint stresses, but metabolic ones as well, such as diabetes, hypertension, and consequent heart disease, and there's a direct link between obesity and cancer that we know. As America wages, its war against the waistline weight loss medications have been placed in the spotlight. While there's no magic pill that cures obesity, medications have been developed that can positively impact one's weight. Are they the answer?