Category: Obesity

Keeping Weight Loss Supplements Out of the Hands of America’s Youth

In my previous post, I talked about the bad habits that were brought to us courtesy of COVID-19. But check this out. Yet another healthcare issue being brought to light by the pandemic. 

Here’s the story in a nutshell.  During the pandemic, kids were among the people that we talked about in the previous post who are overeating and, surprise, gaining weight. Big time. Doctors report that hospitalizations for eating disorders skyrocketed during the height of the pandemic. 

And out on the street, kids were increasingly scrambling to find “appetite suppressants” that would permit them to regain the self-control that they had lost when they went into “lock down” and no longer had to face their friends.

The plot thickens. These products, like “supplements” in general, are unregulated, and many contain hazardous ingredients. Danger for kids and adults alike, but kids are more vulnerable and have more advertisements for these products directed specifically at them. 

Bottom Line. So here we see society putting a Band-Aid on a hemorrhaging artery. Rather than bring such products under Federal regulatory scrutiny and control, thus protecting adults and adolescents alike, three States are trying to keep these products out of the hands of young customers by restricting the marketing and sales of such products to them. You read that right…Three States!!! AND. Is it not likely that the local nature of these actions will simply drive the supplement market to the Internet? 

Aw c’mon. We can do better!