Over-The-Counter Dietary Weight Loss Supplements and Pills
What are over the counter dietary weight loss supplements and pills?
Products sold over-the-counter that claim to help people lose weight and often lose weight quickly by suppressing appetite or increasing metabolism.
Why should parents be concerned?
- These products are not regulated and the FDA has issued warnings against using 80 different brands of weight loss pills and supplements.
- Testing of over-the-counter dietary weight loss supplements revealed that many contained illegal ingredients, carcinogens (cancer-causing substances), and some cause hypothermic shock.
What should parents do?
- If you discover your child is using diet pills, first talk to him about why he thinks he needs to take diet pills. He could be trying to reach a goal weight or he may feel he needs to lose a few extra pounds so he can run faster or be stronger.
- You should also talk to your athlete about healthy ways to lose weight (appropriate exercise, healthy eating, getting enough sleep).