Obesity Series, Part Four Most doctors agree: The best way to lose weight is a sensible diet and a healthy dose of exercise. But that doesn't stop some desperate dieters from turning to prescription drugs and even surgery. NPR's Neal Conan leads a discussion of the perils and promise of medical solutions to weight loss.

Guests:

Ellen Ruppel Shell
* Author, The Hungry Gene: The Science of Fat and the Future of Thin

Dr. Robert Berkowitz
* Associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Dr. Rudy Leibel
* Obesity expert
* Deputy director of The New York Obesity Research Center
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Obesity Series, Part Four

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Most doctors agree: The best way to lose weight is a sensible diet and a healthy dose of exercise. But that doesn't stop some desperate dieters from turning to prescription drugs and even surgery. NPR's Neal Conan leads a discussion of the perils and promise of medical solutions to weight loss.

Guests:

Ellen Ruppel Shell
* Author, The Hungry Gene: The Science of Fat and the Future of Thin

Dr. Robert Berkowitz
* Associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Dr. Rudy Leibel
* Obesity expert
* Deputy director of The New York Obesity Research Center