One of the latest anti-obesity drugs, Capsiplex, has recently sold out in the UK. The drug, manufactured by the aptly-named Capsiplex company, is said to burn calories at a rate of 12 times faster than traditional, leading weight loss capsules.
The drug sold out in a mere three days. Approximately 50,000 packages of the drug were available and consumers scooped them up faster than teens flock to Twilight pre-sale tickets. A representative for the drug boasts that the drug, a “safe” one, is so appealing because of its unique nature:
‘Demand has been staggering with pre-launch orders and subsequent sales far greater than we could have ever expected. It is a discreet tablet which enables you to effortlessly lose weight without inhibiting your lifestyle. As we all know weight management basically comes down to making sure you don’t consume more calories than you need. It sounds obvious but increased calorie intake, combined with an inactive lifestyle, can lead to significant weight gain but with our hectic life styles and meal times based on convenience food, it is incredibly easy to lose control and consume too many calories.’
Weight loss drugs concern me for a number of reasons. Primarily, how safe are they really? Everyone remembers Fen-Phen and the other related drugs back in the nineties that ended up doing serious damage to patients who took them. And are we, as a society, becoming so lazy that we can’t even be bothered to eat right and exercise in an effort to lose weight? Are we resorting to “easy” measures like drugs and plastic surgery in order to achieve something that could easily be done through healthy weight maintenance and the necessity of good health-rich activity?
What do you guys think of weight-loss supplements, that aren’t so much a “supplement” to weight loss any longer? Have you ever used a weight-loss drug, and if so, were you happy with the results? Do you think these new-fangled pharmaceuticals that have limited research on the extended after-effects of using the drug for a prolonged period of time are a good idea, or should people stick with what works — a healthy diet, moderate exercise and a high intake of water?
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