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Quick-Fix Pharmaceutical Weight Loss Treatments: The Dangers and How to Avoid Them

Posted in Weight Loss 10 Jan, 2016

Perhaps as to expected from a mortal species highly conscious of the passage of time, we're a little impatient as an animal. We don't just want things. We want them now, and with as little effort as possible thanks. Unfortunately the problem with cutting corners is that it often runs risk of calamity, especially the more complicated the task you're cutting corners on is. In matters of physical health, this is a rule more than anything else, and this goes double for pharmaceutical matters. In short, you should never seek to rush things when it comes to taking chemicals.

In particular, there has been a worrying trend of British women using chemicals in order to speed up the process of losing weight. Circumnavigating the debate surrounding "fat shaming", women's mental health, and the mainstream perception of feminine beauty, it's a truth that women more than ever want a body that's slim. Not make matters worse, they aren't always in a mood to wait.

Case Study: Eloise Aimee Parry

A prime example of the dangers that come with rash approaches to losing weight can be found in the tragic case of Eloise Aimee Parry, a 21 year old women from Shrewsbury, who died in hospital after having just been admitted the same morning.

A study found that Ms. Parry had purchased and apparently taken a series of lethal dietary pills containing the chemical DNP, which is frequently used in pesticides, explosives, and chemical dyes. Investigators reached the conclusion that the cause of death was an accidental overdose, and that there was nothing suspicious about the incident, nor that Ms. Parry intended to commit suicide.

Instead, links were made between the pills and Eloise's eating disorders – she was a diagnosed sufferer of bulimia – which was believed to have been the motive for her self-prescribed consumption of the weight loss pills. While it was believed that Eloise was not addicted to the pills as such, she felt compelled to take them by her desire to lose weight.

Following the incident the authorities are understandably concerned by the use of these pharmaceutical products by other desperate women with disorders surrounding their weight and eating habits. In particular, Eloise's family wish for the drug to receive a classification so that people are more wary about taking them. While it's uncertain whether this will occur, it's certain that people need to be cautious when it comes to using pharmaceutical products to lose weight.

Keep Safe Losing Weight

In nearly all cases, the safest, most reliable, and most natural way to lose weight is through healthy eating, an active life style and sensible portions of food. This takes time to kick in, from as little as a month or two to around three quarters of a year. However the results are more or less assured, and pose minimal risk to physical or mental health.

However there are prescribed drugs, such as Xenical, that can help streamline the process a little, and not all are as deadly as the ones taken by Eloise Parry. The mistake is in underestimating the dangers, and not taking the necessary precautions when using the drugs.

In order to ensure that you're safely using chemicals to help you lose weight, make sure that the drug comes from a trusted pharmaceutical company – many "lose weight quick" pills may contain toxic chemicals or substances that can prove disastrous to your health in certain doses. Further, ensure that you follow any provided instructions on their use to the letter.

Before even going anywhere near pharmaceutical weight-loss products, ensure that you've received advice from a GP or pharmacy as well. They'll be able to instruct you on which pharmaceuticals to use to help lose weight, as well as warn you of any risks. Pay close attention to what they tell you. It may save your life.

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