Weight loss has become an international obsession. What was once
confined to the United States (save for the large girth that Sumo
wrestlers actually aspired to), has now reached the shores of most
of the rest of the world, previously content with their natural
diets. Fast food and fast lifestyles with too little exercise has
taken its toll. Yet while we donˇ¦t slow down, we do wish to maintain
our figures, and to this end, many have turned to weight loss
Weight loss tablets have been with us since at least the end of the
Second World War. However, most Americans didnˇ¦t really start to get
wind of them until around the early 70ˇ¦s when health consciousness
became a more essential aspect to a burgeoning group of people.
Unfortunately, all too often, the weight loss tablets that touted
healthy looks were not really so healthy in themselves.
This is little wonder when one considers that the active ingredient
in these early weight loss tablets was a synthetic compound invented
by the Nazis to keep their soldiers eating little and to stay awake
longer. This compound also had the nasty side effects of raising
aggression in those who consumed it, and, if taken for too long a
period of time, of inducing psychosis.
Of course, the early manufacturers of weight loss tablets took this
into consideration. Some of them were even respectable enough to
warn their clients of the dangers of excessive use ˇVand usually
written on the pill bottles in the smallest print that could still
While the FDA has been accused of many things, this is one aspect
that theyˇ¦ve tried to raise a little awareness about. Sadly, there
still has not been enough awareness drawn to the dangers of weight
loss tablets. Yet what dangers, you ask.
First, in the hands of a person who suffers from anorexia, these
pills can ˇVand have been, lethal. People with mental illness related
to weight reduction and self esteem problems simply should not take
such medications. Very often these pills help to diffuse the desire
for food, while at the same time leeching important vitamins from
the body as the body begins to cannibalize itself. This results in
the disappearance of all muscle tone and the emaciation of the body,
until death, heart attack, or other internal system failures occur.
Of course, this is the worst case scenario. For most people, the use
of weight loss tablets is not so extreme. In fact, very often such
tablets work. There are now ever-better similar products on the
market which are designed to avoid such problems. However, the truth
of the matter is, despite results, these medicines still can
complicate a personˇ¦s health, and so if used, should be done so
moderately, and with great caution.