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Trigger Warnings: Fat Shaming, Failed Dieting

Everyone should read this excellent post from Danceswithfat. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Our efforts to solve our “weight problem” are causing more health problems than they’re fixing. Here’s the money paragraph for me:

The FDA did acknowledge that it appears to cause heart issues, but don’t worry – after approving it they’ve insisted that Vivus Inc.  conduct a long-term cardiovascular outcomes trial to assess the effect of Qsymia on the risk for heart attack and stroke.  I’m sure that comes as a great comfort to people whose doctors prescribe them this medication without benefit of the results of that assessment.  But think of how much money they’ll make before they might find out that it kills people.  Really you don’t have to think about it – just google what happened with Fen-phen (phentermine by the way – the Phen in fen-phen – is  half of this new drug) Sure, people might die, but what’s a few deaths when there’s so much money to be had, a few dead people is acceptable damage considering the amount of profit they stand to make.

But hey, at least people will die marginally less fat, right? Isn’t that how you want to go?


Posted 07/21/2012 by reluctantliberal in Health/Nutrition

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