The Diet Pill Debate
Friday, December 12, 2008
Imagine if you will, being 100 pounds overweight. Everywhere you go you can feel people gawking at you, snickering, whispering lewd comments at your expense. You've tried every diet plan out there, but nothing has worked. You've joined gyms, or purchased aerobics videos, a treadmill, a bike, and still nothing works. The frustration is tiresome and you feel like giving up, but you don't, you do the only thing that's left...you talk to the only person who can help you, your doctor.
You're given several options, one being the standard 'try harder' only put in eloquent doctor language. Another is that you can begin the year long (perhaps two) process of obtaining a gastric bypass, or lap band. Yet a third is that he/she can prescribe you a pill that works predominantly as an appetite suppressant. So, if you are desperate, what do you do?
I pose this question because I've seen threads here and there related to the diet pill topic, and nine times out of ten the respective diet pill is slammed while still others who have gone through bypass or lap band surgeries are commended on their success. Yes, credit is due where it is due...you don't just wake up from these types of procedures with the weight magicaly gone, it takes tons of hard work and has effects that, let's face it, last you the rest of your life. Okay, okay, I can already hear people screaming things about "the procedure being safe, and diet pills aren't". I have a response for this as well...
Safe is a relative term. Surgery, even the small ones, have the potential to be life threatening...yet hundreds of thousands of people across the country are subject to surgeries on a daily basis.. And why? I ask. Simple, it's because they are under the care of a trusted physician. Now, here's my point. When you see your doctor and he suggests a prescription diet drug to you, monitors your progress or lack thereof, assesses your health benefits or risks...then why not at least give it an opportunity to work?
I wouldn't ever suggest that a person goes online and buys generic forms of ANY medication, you never know what you're buying that way and in that case I agree with all the posters who are saying 'don't do it' 'don't try it' or 'absolutely not'.
So in the end, if you've been considering any of these options the best advice I can give you is this...don't rush into judgement, talk to your doctor.
What's your take on it?