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All of the study patients have failed at other methods - regular diet, exercise and behavior modification - and all of them continue to have a body mass index greater than 30, most greater than 35.

The studies are double-blind, placebo-controlled trials, meaning neither the children nor the doctors know who is taking the diet drugs. In addition, both groups of children are receiving identical nutritional counseling and are part of an exercise program.

Although results are preliminary, doctors overseeing the studies say they are impressed with what they've seen. "So far safety has been good - there are no major problems, and while we don't know for certain which kids are taking the drug, we can see that one group is losing more than the other, and we suspect these are the ones on the medication," researchers say.

Safety concerns - mostly having to do with Xenical - include diarrhea and a possible loss of certain nutrients, particularly vitamin D. The experts say neither side effect has proved to be a problem, however.

Although early results are promising, some believe the success of the drug therapy can't be measured until after the studies are complete.

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