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The Increase in Appetite for Obesity Drugs

Ozempic. Wegovy. Mounjaro. Zepbound. Originally developed to treat diabetes, these GLP-1 agonists — now also popularly known as obesity drugs — have been making headlines for their weight-loss effects. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the prevalence of obesity in the U.S. has grown from 30.5% over 1999–2000 to 41.9% over 2017–2020.

What’s whetting the consumer appetite for these weight-loss drugs, and what does this mean for sectors ranging from biotech to food?

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