Beware of The Weight Loss Myth

November 6, 2006

1458670218.jpgIt is often said that losing weight is as difficult as maintaining weight.  It is therefore not surprising that out of frustration..maybe… that a lot of patients then resort to over the counter drugs, herbal supplements or even chinese teas just to lose weight.  It is for this reason that I thought of sharing with you a survey presented in the Annual Meeting of the Obesity Society in Boston this year.

In that survey, more than 60 percent of the 1,444 respondents, had misconceptions of weight loss drugs.  They mistakenly said that:

  •  such supplements have been tested and are proven to be safe (65 percent)
  • over the counter weight loss drugs are effective (63 percent).
  • Over half (54 percent) wrongly stated that such supplements are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

It is important to note that there are currently no over-the-counter drugs for weight loss approved by the FDA.  FDA approval of drugs require rigorous research and testing to prove the drugs are not only effective but also safe!  These supplements may have a label in them as “approved by FDA or BFAD in our country” AS SUPPLEMENTS and therefore are not required to test their drugs for safety and efficacy!

Be careful with misleading claims especially if they pertain to your health. A “claim all” drug too unrealistic to believe is not worth even a penny from your pocket!  The same advise I can give in those that are based solely on testimonials or publications in “throw away” journals most likely published by the same company that made the drugs!

Be Vigilant When It Comes to Drugs!

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