Water for Good joins One For All, a global alliance fighting the water crisis

DENVER and INDIANAPOLIS and THE HAGUE, the Netherlands, March 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — One For All, an alliance of global organizations championing collaborative methods to support water justice issues across the world, is pleased to welcome its newest member, Water for Good, a faith-based nonprofit that promotes clean, lasting water for every person in the Central African Republic (CAR), to the alliance. Water for Good joins alliance co-founders IRC and Water For People in their work to accomplish UN Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.

“In a sector that has been too fragmented for too long, the alliance is based on our lived experience, and continued commitment, to effective collective action that drives change and impact. It’s a shared vision of independent and interdependent organizations striving collaboratively towards what works and how to achieve it, supporting and learning from each other and our network of local and national partners in the fifteen countries where we work around the world,” said Patrick Moriarty, CEO, IRC.

Water for Good has long inspired the global WASH sector to think big even in fragile states including the CAR, with a commitment to working with local, permanent institutions to create sustainable services at scale.

“We recognize that the current way of doing things in the sector needs to shift to achieve universal and sustainable WASH services. This requires collaborative planning and execution which is exactly how the alliance is committed to working,” said Jon Allen, CEO, Water for Good.

The All Systems Connect International Symposium 2023 in May is the first collaborative expression of the alliance. It’s designed to bring together changemakers from health, climate, social justice and water, and sanitation and hygiene. This opportunity will connect people with ideas and systems with solutions to achieve justice for all. The Symposium will enable delegates to connect with purpose, work on collective solutions and strengthen their capabilities as systems leaders.

No single organization is going to end the water crisis or achieve SDG 6 on their own. We truly believe that our impact as a collective is greater in alliance than the sum of the individual parts,” Sarah Bramley, Chief Impact Officer, Water For People.

Founded in 2020, One For All partners with champions in health, climate, economic development, education and social justice to encourage sustainable economic growth and address the social justice inequities that come from a lack of access to safe water and sanitation. Additionally, the alliance works with local, regional and national governments to implement climate resilient system-strengthening strategies to meet UN SDG 6.

About One For All

One For All is an alliance of global organizations led by IRC, Water For People and Water for Good to champion collaborative methods to support water, sanitation and hygiene justice issues across the world. Members work with local, regional and national governments to implement climate resilient system-strengthening strategies. They also partner with champions in health, climate, economic development, education and social justice to encourage sustainable economic growth and address the social justice inequities that come from a lack of access to safe water and sanitation. Alliance members hold themselves accountable to support governments to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6, water and sanitation for all, by 2030. The actions of one—a person, a community, an organization—are in support of all.

For more information: Hope Voelkel, hvoelkel@waterforpeople.org

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LeddarTech Showcasing Its Award-Winning Sensor Fusion and Perception Software and High-Performance Products That Enable ADAS and AD at Tech.AD Berlin on March 26-28, 2023

LeddarTech’s award-winning LeddarVision solution

LeddarVision technology recognized at Tech.AD USA and CES 2023

QUEBEC CITY, March 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LeddarTech®, a global leader in providing the most flexible, robust and accurate ADAS and AD software technology, is pleased to announce its participation at Automotive Tech.AD Berlin at the Titanic Chaussee Hotel Berlin. LeddarTech is a Competence Partner of Tech.AD and will exhibit its technology; Pierre Olivier, CTO of LeddarTech, will be an event presenter.

LeddarTech’s LeddarVision Showcase (Booth # 6)

LeddarVision™ is a high-performance, low-cost, hardware-agnostic low-level sensor fusion and perception solution for automotive and off-road industrial ADAS and AD applications.

Experience: The Award-Winning LeddarVision Interactive Dashboard Demonstration

This dashboard enables delegates to witness the LeddarVision software’s extraordinarily high performance at various levels of autonomy in various scenarios, such as extreme weather conditions.

Pre-arrange a meeting for product demonstrations, media and industry analyst interviews or investor discussions.

Witness the European unveiling of LeddarTech’s newest products!

The LeddarVision Front-View (LVF) family of automotive software products addresses the challenges faced when developing Level 2/2+ ADAS applications, such as solving safety issues and finding scalable fusion and perception software that offers high performance at a low cost. These two distinct products are comprehensive low-level fusion and perception software stacks that optimally combine sensor modalities for Level 2/2+ ADAS applications achieving a 5-star NCAP 2025/GSR 2022 rating.

  • LeddarVision Front (Entry-Level) (LVF-E): This product pushes the performance envelope, doubling the effective range of the sensors and enabling, for the first time, a solution with only three sensors. Low-cost sensing, together with efficient implementation on the TDA4L platform, achieves the lowest system cost for L2/L2+ entry-level ADAS.
  • LeddarVision Front (High-End) (LVF-H): With sensor configuration extended to 1V5R based on a single 3-megapixel 120-degree camera and five radars, the LVF-H stack extends the perception support to highway assist applications, including 160 km/h adaptive cruise control, 200-meter range and semi-automated lane change. These plus other features, including low-cost sensing, achieve economical front-view L2/L2+ premium ADAS.

Special Feature: LeddarVision Surround (LVS-2+). This product efficiently extends the LVF front-view product family 1VxR sensor configuration to a 5V5R configuration, enhancing support to traffic jam assist (TJA) and highway assist (HWA) applications. It also enables applications such as automated lane change, overtaking and extended speed range adaptive cruise control (ACC). Furthermore, the LVS-2+ supports premium surround-view L2/L2+ ADAS highway assistance and 5-star NCAP 2025/GSR 2022 safety applications.

LeddarTech Presents: On March 27 (11:30 to 12:00 CET), the CTO of LeddarTech, Pierre Olivier, a Tech.AD favorite for his engaging and thoughtful presentations, will deliver a keynote presentation entitled: “Solving Critical Issues Affecting the Safety of ADAS to Accelerate AD Adoption.” This presentation will unveil some critical issues surrounding ADAS and AD safety and performance that are evident today, why they affect customer confidence, and how they can be addressed to accelerate greater safety and autonomy.

Pre-arrange a meeting today.

About Automotive Tech.AD Berlin

10th Anniversary: This award-winning AD & ADAS conference is designed to bring advanced engineers and automotive experts from OEMs, Tier 1s, suppliers and leading research institutes to the next level. Join over 600 of the most influential autonomous vehicle experts and executives in Berlin.

About LeddarTech

LeddarTech, a global software company founded in 2007, develops and provides comprehensive perception solutions that enable the deployment of ADAS and autonomous driving applications. LeddarTech’s automotive-grade software applies AI and computer vision algorithms to generate highly accurate 3D models of the environment, allowing for better decision making and safer navigation. This high-performance, scalable, cost-effective technology is leveraged by OEMs and Tier 1-2 suppliers to efficiently implement automotive and off-road vehicle solutions.

LeddarTech is responsible for several remote-sensing innovations, with over 150 patents granted or applied for that enhance ADAS and AD capabilities. Reliable perception is critical in making global mobility safer, more efficient, sustainable and affordable: this is what drives LeddarTech to become the most widely adopted sensor fusion and perception software solution.

Additional information about LeddarTech is accessible at www.leddartech.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Daniel Aitken, Vice-President, Global Marketing, Communications and Investor Relations, LeddarTech Inc.
Tel.: + 1-418-653-9000 ext. 232 daniel.aitken@leddartech.com

Investor relations contact and website: InvestorRelations@leddartech.com

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LeddarTech Apresenta seu Premiado Software de Fusão e Percepção de Sensores e Produtos de Alto Desempenho que Permitem ADAS e AD na Tech.AD Berlin de 26 a 28 de março de 2023

QUEBEC CITY, March 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A LeddarTech®, líder global no fornecimento da tecnologia de detecção ADAS e AD mais flexível, robusta e precisa, tem o prazer de anunciar sua participação na Automotive Tech.AD Berlin no Titanic Chaussee Hotel Berlin como expositora e palestrante principal. A LeddarTech é um Parceiro de Competência da Tech.AD e exibirá sua tecnologia; Pierre Olivier, CTO da LeddarTech, será um apresentador do evento.

Showcase da LeddarVision da LeddarTech’s (Estande 6)

A LeddarVision™ é uma solução de fusão e percepção de sensores de baixo nível, de alta performance, baixo custo e agnóstico de hardware para ADAS industriais automotivos e off-road e aplicações de AD.

Experiência: Demonstração do Premiado Painel Interativo da LeddarVision

Este painel permite que os delegados vejam o desempenho extraordinariamente alto do software LeddarVision em vários níveis de autonomia em vários cenários, como condições climáticas extremas.

Marque uma reunião para demonstrações de produtos, entrevistas com analistas da mídia e da indústria, ou discussões com investidores.

Seja testemunha do lançamento europeu dos mais novos produtos da LeddarTech!

A família de produtos de software automotivo LeddarVision Front-View (LVF) aborda os desafios enfrentados no desenvolvimento de aplicativos ADAS Nível 2/2+, como resolver problemas de segurança e encontrar software de fusão e percepção escalonável que ofereça alto desempenho a um baixo custo. Esses dois produtos distintos são pilhas abrangentes de software de fusão e percepção de baixo nível que combinam de forma ideal modalidades de sensores para aplicativos ADAS Nível 2/2+ alcançando uma classificação NCAP 2025/GSR 2022 de 5 estrelas.

  • LeddarVision Front (Básico) (LVF-E): Este produto amplia o envelope de desempenho, dobrando o alcance efetivo dos sensores e permitindo, pela primeira vez, uma solução com apenas três sensores. A detecção de baixo custo, juntamente com a implementação eficiente na plataforma TDA4L, atinge o menor custo do sistema para ADAS L2/L2+ básico.
  • Frente LeddarVision (Alta Tecnologia) (LVF-H): Com a configuração do sensor estendida para 1V5R com base em uma única câmera de 3 megapixels de 120 graus e cinco radares, a pilha LVF-H amplia o suporte de percepção para aplicações de assistência em rodovias, incluindo controle de cruzeiro adaptativo de 160 km/h, alcance de 200 metros e mudança de faixa semiautomática. Esses recursos, além de outros, incluindo sensoriamento de baixo custo, proporcionam uma visão frontal econômica L2/L2+ ADAS de ponta.

Características Especiais: LeddarVision Surround (LVS-2+). Este produto amplia com eficiência a configuração do sensor 1VxR da família de produtos de visão frontal LVF para uma configuração 5V5R, aprimorando o suporte a aplicações de assistência de engarrafamento (TJA) e assistência rodoviária (HWA). Ele também permite aplicações como mudança de faixa automatizada, ultrapassagem e controle de cruzeiro adaptativo de faixa de velocidade ampliada (ACC). Além disso, o LVS-2+ suporta assistência rodoviária premium de visão surround L2/L2+ ADAS e aplicações de segurança NCAP 2025/GSR 2022 de 5 estrelas.

LeddarTech Apresenta: No dia 27 de março (11h30 – 12h CET), o CTO da LeddarTech, Pierre Olivier, favorito da Tech.AD por suas apresentações envolventes e precisas, fará a apresentação principal: “Solving Critical Issues Affecting the Safety of ADAS to Accelerate AD Adoption” (Solução de Problemas Essenciais que Afetam a Segurança do ADAS para Acelerar a Adoção do AD). Esta apresentação revelará algumas questões críticas em torno da segurança e do desempenho do ADAS e do AD evidentes hoje em dia por afetarem a confiança do cliente, e como elas podem ser abordadas para acelerar uma maior segurança e autonomia.

Marque uma reunião ainda hoje.

Sobre a Automotive Tech.AD Berlin

10º Aniversário: Esta conferência AD&ADAS premiada foi criada para levar os coordenadores e peritos automotivos avançados dos OEMs Nível 1, dos fornecedores e dos institutos de investigação principais para o próximo nível. Junte-se aos mais de 600 especialistas e executivos de veículos autônomos técnicos mais influentes em Berlim.

Sobre a LeddarTech

A LeddarTech, uma empresa global de software fundada em 2007, desenvolve e fornece soluções abrangentes de percepção que permitem a implantação de ADAS e aplicações de condução autônoma. O software de nível automotivo da LeddarTech aplica algoritmos de IA e visão computacional para gerar modelos 3D altamente precisos do ambiente, permitindo uma melhor tomada de decisão e navegação mais segura. Esta tecnologia de alto desempenho, escalonável e econômica é aproveitada pelos OEMs e Nível 1-2 para a implementação eficiente de soluções de veículos automotivos e off-road.

A LeddarTech é responsável por várias inovações de sensor remoto, com mais de 150 patentes concedidas ou solicitadas que aprimoram os recursos de ADAS e AD. A percepção confiável é fundamental para tornar a mobilidade global mais segura, eficiente, sustentável e acessível: é isso que leva a LeddarTech a se tornar a solução de software de fusão e percepção de sensores mais amplamente adotada.

Para mais informação sobre a LeddarTech visite www.leddartech.com, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook e YouTube.

Daniel Aitken, Vice-Presidente, Marketing Global, Comunicações e Relacionamento com o Investidor, LeddarTech Inc.
Tel.: + 1-418-653-9000 ramal 232 daniel.aitken@leddartech.com

Contato e site de relações com investidores:InvestorRelations@leddartech.com

Os logotipos Leddar, LeddarTech, LeddarVision, LeddarSP, VAYADrive, VayaVision e afins são marcas comerciais ou marcas comerciais registradas da LeddarTech Inc. e suas subsidiárias. Todas as outras marcas e nomes de produtos são ou podem ser marcas comerciais ou marcas comerciais registradas usadas para identificar produtos ou serviços de seus respectivos proprietários.

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LeddarTech présentera ses logiciels de fusion de données de capteurs et de perception haute performance ADAS et AD à l’événement Automotive Tech.AD Berlin du 26 au 28 mars

La solution LeddarVision de LeddarTech plusieurs fois primée

La technologie LeddarVision récompensée à Tech.AD USA et CES 2023

QUÉBEC, 08 mars 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LeddarTech®, chef de file de calibre mondial dans les technologies logicielles pour systèmes avancés d’aide à la conduite (systèmes ADAS) et de conduite autonome (systèmes AD), est heureuse d’annoncer sa participation à l’événement Automotive Tech.AD Berlin au Titanic Chaussee Hotel Berlin, où elle présentera sa technologie à titre de « Partenaire expert ». Pierre Olivier, chef de la technologie de LeddarTech, livrera une présentation.

Présentation de LeddarVision (kiosque No. 6)

LeddarVision™ est une solution de fusion de bas niveau des données de capteurs et de perception haute performance, à faible coût et indépendante des capteurs, destinée aux applications ADAS et AD automobiles et industrielles hors route.

Faites l’expérience d’une démonstration virtuelle interactive de LeddarVision

Cette démo virtuelle permettra aux délégués de constater l’extraordinaire performance du logiciel LeddarVision à divers niveaux d’autonomie et sous divers scénarios, comme dans des conditions météorologiques extrêmes.

Planifiez un rendez-vous pour une démonstration de produit ou un entretien pour les médias, analystes de l’industrie ou investisseurs.

Assistez au dévoilement européen des nouveaux produits LeddarTech!

La famille de logiciels de classe automobile LeddarVision à vue frontale LVF relève les défis associés au développement d’applications ADAS de niveau 2/2+, comme la sécurité ou l’identification d’un logiciel de fusion et de perception modulable capable d’offrir des performances élevées à faible coût. Ces deux produits sont des solutions logicielles complètes de fusion de bas niveau des données de capteurs et de perception qui combinent de manière optimale les modalités de capteurs et visent les applications ADAS de niveau 2/2+ conformes aux exigences 5 étoiles NCAP 2025 et GSR 2022.

  • LeddarVision frontal (entrée de gamme) (LVF-E) : ce produit repousse les limites du progrès technologique en doublant la portée effective des capteurs et en permettant, pour la première fois, une solution ne comportant que trois capteurs. L’abordabilité de la méthode de détection utilisée et le recours judicieux à la plateforme TDA4L permettent d’obtenir les coûts les plus bas pour un système ADAS de niveau 2/2+ d’entrée de gamme.
  • LeddarVision frontal (haut de gamme) (LVF-H) : supportant une configuration de capteurs étendue à 1V5R avec une caméra unique de 3 mégapixels 120 degrés et cinq radars, le LVF-H étend la perception aux applications d’aide à la conduite sur autoroute, y compris la régulation de vitesse adaptative jusqu’à 160 km/h, une portée de détection atteignant 200 mètres et le changement de voie semi-automatisé.   Ces fonctionnalités et d’autres, y compris la détection à faible coût, permettent de répondre de manière économique aux exigences des applications ADAS haut de gamme de niveau 2/2+.

Nouveau : LeddarVision périphérique (LVS-2+). Ce produit étend efficacement la configuration de capteurs 1VxR de la famille de produits à vue frontale LVF à une configuration 5V5R en améliorant la prise en charge de l’aide à la conduite en embouteillage et de l’aide à la conduite sur autoroute. Le LVS-2+ permet également des applications comme le changement de voie automatisé, le dépassement ainsi que la régulation de vitesse adaptative sur une plus grande plage de vitesse. Il est destiné aux applications ADAS de niveau 2/2+ supérieures pour l’aide à la conduite sur autoroute et répondant aux exigences de sécurité 5 étoiles NCAP 2025 et GSR 2022.

Présentation LeddarTech : le 27 mars (11 h 30 – 12 h 00 HEC), le chef de la technologie de LeddarTech, Pierre Olivier, intervenant apprécié de l’événement Tech.AD pour ses exposés éclairants, livrera un exposé intitulé : « Résoudre les problèmes critiques touchant la sécurité des systèmes ADAS pour accélérer l’adoption des systèmes de conduite autonome ». Cette présentation mettra en lumière certains problèmes critiques évidents aujourd’hui concernant la sécurité et les performances des systèmes avancés d’aide à la conduite et de conduite autonome, pourquoi ils affectent la confiance des clients, et comment les résoudre pour améliorer la sécurité et l’autonomie des systèmes ADAS et AD.

Planifiez un rendez-vous dès aujourd’hui (formulaire en anglais).

À propos de Automotive Tech.AD Berlin

Dixième anniversaire : cette conférence reconnue, sur les systèmes AD et ADAS, vise à amener au niveau supérieur les ingénieurs avancés et les experts des équipementiers, fournisseurs automobiles, fournisseurs de solutions et instituts de recherche de pointe. Joignez-vous à plus de 600 des experts et cadres les plus influents en matière de véhicules autonomes à Berlin.

À propos de LeddarTech

LeddarTech, une entreprise mondiale de logiciels fondée en 2007, développe et propose des solutions de perception logicielles complètes qui permettent le déploiement d’applications ADAS et de conduite autonome. Le logiciel de classe automobile de LeddarTech applique l’intelligence artificielle avancée et des algorithmes de vision numérique afin de générer des modèles 3D précis de l’environnement, pour une meilleure prise de décision et une navigation plus sûre. Cette technologie performante, évolutive et économique, permet la mise en œuvre efficace de solutions ADAS pour véhicules automobiles et hors route par les équipementiers et fournisseurs de rang 1 et 2.

Détentrice de plus de 150 brevets accordés ou déposés, l’entreprise a contribué à plusieurs innovations liées à des applications de télédétection et qui améliorent les capacités des systèmes d’aide à la conduite et de conduite autonome. Une plus grande prise de conscience est essentielle pour rendre la mobilité plus sûre, efficace, durable et abordable : c’est ce qui motive LeddarTech à devenir la solution logicielle de fusion des données de capteurs et de perception la plus largement adoptée.

Renseignements complémentaires disponibles sur www.leddartech.com et sur LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook et YouTube.

Contact :
Daniel Aitken, vice-président, Marketing, communications et relations avec les investisseurs mondiaux, LeddarTech Inc.
Tél. : + 1-418-653-9000 poste 232 daniel.aitken@leddartech.com

Contact relations investisseurs et site web : InvestorRelations@leddartech.com

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Plastic Entering Oceans Could Nearly Triple by 2040, Research Finds

Plastics entering the world’s oceans have surged by an unprecedented amount since 2005 and could nearly triple by 2040 if no further action is taken, according to research published on Wednesday.

An estimated 171 trillion plastic particles were afloat in the oceans by 2019, according to peer-reviewed research led by the 5 Gyres Institute, a U.S. organization that campaigns to reduce plastic pollution.

Marine plastic pollution could rise 2.6-fold by 2040 if legally binding global policies are not introduced, it predicted.

The study looked at surface-level plastic pollution data from 11,777 ocean stations in six major marine regions covering the period from 1979 to 2019.

“We’ve found an alarming trend of exponential growth in microplastics in the global ocean since the millennium,” Marcus Eriksen, co-founder of the 5 Gyres Group said in a statement.

“We need a strong legally binding U.N. global treaty on plastic pollution that stops the problem at the source,” he added.

Microplastics are particularly hazardous to the oceans, not only contaminating water but also damaging the internal organs of marine animals, which mistake plastic for food.

Experts said the study showed that the level of marine plastic pollution in the oceans has been underestimated.

“The numbers in this new research are staggeringly phenomenal and almost beyond comprehension,” said Paul Harvey, a scientist and plastics expert with Environmental Science Solutions, an Australian consultancy focused on pollution reduction.

The United Nations kicked off negotiations on an agreement to tackle plastic pollution in Uruguay in November, with the aim of drawing up a legally binding treaty by the end of next year.

Environmental group Greenpeace said that without a strong global treaty, plastic production could double within the next 10 to 15 years, and triple by 2050.

A separate international treaty was agreed on Sunday to help protect biodiversity in the world’s high seas.

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What to Know About Prescription Drugs Promising Weight Loss

WeightWatchers, the 60-year-old diet firm, announced this week it would acquire a telehealth company whose providers prescribe anti-obesity drugs for growing numbers of eager online subscribers.

The $132 million deal with Sequence is just the latest commercial push into the red-hot market for prescription drugs that promises significant weight loss. For months, the diabetes drug Ozempic has been touted on social media by celebrities, even though it’s not approved for weight loss. The demand for it sparked shortages.

WeightWatchers will be introducing its roughly 3.5 million subscribers to a new generation of medications that go beyond behavioral changes like gym workouts and diet tracking. Obesity experts say the drugs may revolutionize treatment of the disease that affects 42% of American adults.

Here’s a look at the promise of these new medications and cautions about their use.

What are these new diet drugs?

The drugs that have generated most buzz are from a class of medications called GLP-1 agonists. Two of the most popular, Ozempic and Wegovy, are different doses of the same drug, semaglutide.

Ozempic has been used for six years to treat Type 2 diabetes and is not approved for weight loss. Wegovy was approved in 2021 to treat obesity in adults, and late last year to treat kids and teens 12 and older.

Doctors prescribe the medications to people with diabetes alone, or to people who are obese or who are overweight with additional health problems. Most of these types of drugs are delivered through weekly injections.

Supply problems and soaring demand last year led to a shortage of the drugs, but manufacturer Novo Nordisk said those have been replenished.

How do the drugs work?

They mimic the action of a gut hormone that kicks in after people eat, boosting the release of insulin, blocking sugar production in the liver and suppressing appetite.

A newer drug called tirzepatide mimics the action of two hormones for even greater effect. The Eli Lilly and Company drug, sold under the brand name Mounjaro, is now approved to treat diabetes. But the FDA granted fast-track status to review it to treat obesity. A decision is expected this spring.

With lower appetite and a greater feeling of fullness, people using these drugs eat less and lose weight.

How effective are the drugs?

In a clinical trial, adults who took Wegovy saw a mean weight loss of nearly 35 pounds, or about 15% of their initial body weight. Adolescents lost about 16% of their body weight.

A clinical trial of Mounjaro, which is still being studied, saw mean weight loss of 15% to 21% of body weight depending on the dose, compared with a weight loss of about 3% for people taking a placebo, or a dummy drug.

Why not just diet and exercise?

In a typical weight-loss program where participants rely only on diet and exercise, about a third of people enrolled will lose 5% or more of their body weight, noted Dr. Louis Aronne, director of the Comprehensive Weight Control Center at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Most people find it difficult to lose weight because of the body’s biological reactions to eating less, he said. There are several hormones that respond to reduced calorie intake to increase hunger and maintain body mass.

“There is a real physical phenomenon,” he said. “There is a resistance mechanism that is a coordinated effort by the body to prevent you from losing weight.”

What are the side effects of the drugs?

The most common side effects are short-lived gastrointestinal issues such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain and constipation.

Other possible side effects include thyroid tumors, cancer, inflammation of the pancreas, kidney and gallbladder and eye problems. People with a family history of certain thyroid cancers or a rare, genetic endocrine disorder should avoid the drugs.

What should consumers watch out for?

These new medications could be an effective part of a multifaceted approach to weight loss, said Dr. Amy Rothberg, a University of Michigan endocrinologist who directs a virtual weight management and diabetes program called Rewind.

But she worries that programs like WeightWatchers are primarily interested in boosting enrollment — and profits.

“My hope is that they do their due diligence and have real monitoring of the patients taking the drugs,” she said.

It’s important to make sure that patients are taking the drugs for the intended purpose, to make sure there’s no reason they shouldn’t take the drugs and that they’re monitored for side effects, she said.

Source: Voice of America