There can’t be many of us out there who haven’t been tempted by the miracle claims of quick fix diet pills. After all, who wants to bother with exercise and a healthy diet when a simple daily supplement claims to achieve the amazing results documented on websites and social media pages? But before you cave in to the promise of an ‘easy solution’ and order weight loss drugs online, it’s important to look at the dangers of these so-called miracle pills.
Since the death of 21-year-old Eloise Aimee Parry in April this year, global police forces have been on high alert working to prevent the supply of these ‘diet pills’. Miss Parry died after taking a substance known as Dinitrophenol, or DNP – a common ingredient in many pills aimed at the weight loss market.
DNP is a toxic pesticide and while some people use the drug as a weight loss or bodybuilding aid, its effects can be fatal. One of the problems is that the companies selling these drugs are unregulated, so the pills are produced in laboratories with no hygiene or safety regulations. And with amateur pharmacists creating the drugs with no specialist knowledge, the levels of active ingredients can vary wildly from batch to batch – making it easy for an individual to overdose even when they believe they are taking a recommended amount.
According to a 2014 report, DNP could be linked directly to as many as five deaths in the UK between 2007 and 2013. The same report warns that the side effects of taking the drug can include breathing difficulties, fast heart rates, fever, nausea and vomiting. So just what is it that makes people risk the dangers of diet pills?
We all want to look and feel our best, and reaching our ideal weight is a large part of that. Most of us know that a healthy diet and exercise is the best route to weight loss, but with the pressures of busy modern life we often struggle to maintain a fitness regime and avoid snacking on sugary, fatty foods. In these circumstances, diet pills can seem like a tempting short cut to a slimmer figure.
At Caloo, we want to encourage people to steer clear of the dangers of weight loss drugs by making keeping fit as easy and enjoyable as possible. By installing outdoor gym equipment for schools, communities and local councils around the country, we aim to provide simple fitness solutions that fit in with your busy life – helping you to avoid the temptations of potentially deadly shortcuts.