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Drugs to combat obesity to hit the market

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(Ferre' Dollar/CNN)

As many as six new drugs to combat obesity may hit the market in the coming years.

The drugs can also improve heart health in addition to weight loss benefits.

The pills are designed to target more receptors in the body for a greater effect. 

According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average American is nearing the medical definition of obesity.