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18 February 2014 :: 10:02:37 am 82370

Public Health Concerns Surround Anorexic Teenagers

The Ministry of Public Health has raised concerns over anorexic teenagers misusing weight-loss pills, which can have fatal consequences.
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Teenage children are being warned against the dangers of taking pills in order to lose weight. The children are not overweight, but they are looking to emulate their TV icons, who are skinny and fit into small clothes. The Ministry of Public Health are warning of the dire results of such behaviour, which are potentially fatal.

The major issue is that a lot of these Thai teenagers are not actually overweight, but seeking to look like models, TV stars and Japanese manga (cartoon characters). The teens are buying these pills over the internet. They are also attending cheap and illegal weight-loss services on the black market, and buying fruit juices which have misleading marketing.

Pharmacist Prapon Angtrakul, the deputy Secretary General of Food and Drug Administration, Ministry of public health, states that teenage girls and women, and transgender women are most affected by this issue. They try to lose weight using these various methods which are all shortcuts. What they should be doing is eating a healthy diet, and exercising to burn calories. Moreover, they consume products such as coffee, tea and fruit juices that advertise weight-loss, but which don’t tell of the harmful side-effects, and the illegal substances contained in many of them. As a result, there have been fatalities.

Mr Angtrakul says that there are two groups of weight-loss pills. Firstly there are the ones that act on the gastrointestinal tract, inhibiting the absorption of nutrients. The second are drugs acting on the central nervous system to reduce appetite, such as Fenfluramine, Dexfenfluramine and Sibutramine. In 2000, the food and drugs administrative body revoked the registration of the products containing these drugs.

Sibutramine has been associated with increased cardiovascular events and strokes, and has been withdrawn from the market in Thailand and most other countries.

The Ministry has issued further concerns over the use of pills purchased from the internet. These are potentially very harmful, containing illegal ingredients, so be wary.

The majority of these pills and drinks have common side effects such as insomnia, dizziness , headaches , anxiety , palpitations , blurred vision, constipation, and if used for a long time they may cause addiction.

Sufferers of depression should certainly not be using these pills, as they can induce further depression. They may also stunt growth hormones in younger children. Furthermore, the drugs can affect pregnant women, or render the unborn child disabled or even kill the embryo.

The correct use of weight-loss pills should be monitored by a doctor, and must be used in conjunction with a diet regime. Once a person stops taking the pills, unless maintaining the diet, the weight will return. Pills will not cure obesity.

However, if people have questions or complaints about any drugs or health products, please consult the hotline 1556, of the FDA, or take a sample of the product to the Health Care Product Surveillance Centre, Building 1, Food and Drug Administration, Ministry of Health, Muang, Nonthaburi. For other areas, contact the Provincial Health Office.

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