I will qualify that remark, by saying, that in the short term, diet pills DO work, in that they can help someone loose weight, and burn off energy. I do know people use them, and also who sell them, as a business concern, so this is a touchy post for me to write.
I recently posted a comment on my personal Facebook about how I was struggling with all the feed I was seeing, of people pushing diet pills, pills that “help you get healthy” and diet drinks and fibre supplements to “help” with weight loss.
There are some genuine meal plans and weight loss products out there, that can help with diet and loosing weight. The genuine ones cost a lot of money, and usually have to either be approved of or prescribed by a medical practitioner or dietician.
I am not talking about those, I am talking about the stuff you can buy over the counter, or from the internet, that is not regulated, or controlled, or possibly even been through proper clinical trials, to see if it works, or more importantly, if it is safe to be used. No one monitors the use of these pills or supplements, and people don’t go and see their doctors about these things, so really, they have no fall back if they do suffer side effects. Also, diet pills and supplement, and fibre products are at best a temporary solution. Whilst they may make you loose weight, what happens when you stop taking them? Do you gain all the weight back, because you have been relying on pills to suppress your appetite, and absorb the fat or carbohydrates you have been eating? From what I have read, a fairly large percentage of people do find this.
I am angry and fed up at the industry that promotes these pills and products as healthy, and as a solution to weight loss and other health issues. The whole notion that you HAVE to be thin, and that popping a few pills will help that, or taking a dose of a drink that makes your body shift your stomach contents faster, or “cleanses” you out, is not healthy, and it is not safe way to promote weight loss, nor does it teach healthy eating, or help people develop better ways to look after their bodies. It’s the usual quick, lazy solution to things. I have two friends, who have both lost very large amounts of weight, and look fantastic, and feel brilliant, and guess what? They ate less, ate healthily, and exercised, and it was a SLOW, steady process. That is how it is done. Sensibly and slowly and teaching yourself better eating habits.
I was bulimic, and anorexic. I took diet pills, to suppress my appetite, and absorb any fat I was eating (not much, when I was anorexic, and then I used them to help me to absorb fat when I binged and purged as a bulimic) and I also took laxatives and products to “cleanse” my colon. I made myself incredibly ill, in the process, and at one point, ending up in hospital with a racing heartbeat, a kidney infection, and blood pressure bottoming out. My periods stopped for nearly two years, and it took years for my digestive system to heal, after I poisoned it with pills and potions. All of these products were obtained legally, with no scrutiny, in fact, I was actually sold tablets by a registered “diet and health” clinic, locally to me, that gave me what is actually “speed” to burn off extra calories. No health check, no medical notes taken, no concern that I clearly was already looking unwell. They were happy to take my cash and let me take pills. Yes, I was responsible, yes, I was an adult, but actually, they were just as culpable.
Thankfully, through therapy, support and help both from the medical profession and the church that I am part of, and a long journey to being well, I am healed, whole and recovered, and do not struggle with eating issues, but many men and women, boys and girls don’t recover and the diet industry does not help, and society with it’s obsession over being “thin and beautiful” does not help, and the desire for quick fixes and fast answers to what are long term problems, do not help.
I am sick of seeing diet pills and potions being pushed as the answer, and that they are “safe” and “healthy”. If I was an recovered alcoholic, I would not want to be surrounded by adverts for wine, beer and spirits, or people getting drunk, or being told “oh, a little bit will be fine” or “this wine is not like the wine you drank when you had a problem, it’s organic, it’s healthy for you”. You wouldn’t offer a recovering drug addict some coke, with the excuse that “it’s good for you” so why are diet pills allowed to be marketed like this?
I have started hiding the feeds on Facebook, and other social media where I hang out regularly, of people selling diet products. It makes me feel uncomfortable, and whilst it may be a source of income, for some people, it’s something I cannot get behind or support. I know this offends some people, but I cannot help how I feel.
I would love to hear what other people have to say on this. I am sure there are some who would think I was very wrong, and that diet pills, fat absorbers and fibre products are the answer.
I will say that I won’t be allowing comments from anyone promoting or selling such products. I have done a fair bit of reading and research, on this, and don’t feel I want to let these be pushed as safe or healthy, on my personal blog space.
Also, this IS not an anti fat post, I want people to be happy and healthy, whatever their body size, and I am not “thin” by any standard of society, but I am happy, relatively healthy, and whilst I am trying to loose some weight, it is because it will help me, personally and because I want and need to, not because I am trying to please anyone or achieve anyone’s approval.
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