Over thirty percent of Americans are severely overweight or obese
. People whose weight exceeds twenty percent of their ideal weight are considered obese.
The problem of obesity has been increasing as the American lifestyle has become more and more sedentary. Despite the fact that diet and exercise are time proven methods of weight control, many people have been attracted to quick weight loss schemes that promise dramatic results with little physical exertion and no reduction in caloric intake. Additionally, many dietary supplements
, over-the-counter medicines, and prescription drugs
are advertised as miracle weight loss agents even though their efficacy and safety have been seriously questioned.
To illustrate the danger involved in relying on prescription and over-the-counter medications to assist with weight loss, one need look no further than the fen-phen
, and PPA
fiascos of the past few years. All of these wonder drugs have been recalled because of their tendency to cause dangerous adverse side effects such as primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH)
, heart valve disorders
, and stroke
View sub-topics at right to learn more about each of these medications and their dangerous side effects.
- Prescription & Over-the-Counter Drugs: Overview
- Meridia/Sibutramine Hydrochloride
- PPA / Phenylpropanolamine