Diet drugs have long since suffered a bad reputation in the world mainly because the negative connotations geared at diet drugs are based more on problems that happened many years in the past as opposed to the lack of problems that exist today. In the past, medicine was very primitive and research was non-existent. In fact, there were no drug laws at one point in American history and for many, many decades the only drug that was illegal was opium and even then, refined forms of opium were very much legal. In the early twentieth century, heroin along with a syringe could be purchased at Sears!
For a long, long time, amphetamines were the types of diet drugs that were prescribed for weight loss. Granted, these types of drugs are very effective at curbing appetites and cause weight loss, they are also highly addictive and can lead to overdoses. These were, of course, available without prescription for years. Even when they were made available by prescription, they were no less dangerous nor any less ridiculous to be prescribed.
Today, the common appetite controlling diet drugs are fairly benign. Many are not even categorized as a controlled substance. These diet drugs curb appetite and lead to effective weight loss which ultimately result in freeing a person from all the insane health issues that obesity causes. This is one thing that people do not realize: obesity is not about people’s looks, although for many that is a valid concern, but it is also about people avoiding all the major health problems that being overweight causes.
When one takes all the potential health hazards that obesity may cause, then pursuing the option of diet drugs is a very sensible option. It is not horror stories from 1933 that one should fear, it is the very current problem of obesity that is the true danger.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.