Weight Control

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About Weight Control

The World Health organization estimates that the prevalence of global obesity has almost tripled from the 1970s. As at 2016, a staggering 1.9 billion adults aged 18 years and above were considered overweight, out of which more than 650 million were obese. During the same period, there were more than 41 million children below the age of 5 years and 340 million children aged between 5 and 9 who were obese or overweight, respectively.

Obesity is a condition that can be managed and is highly treatable. There is a lot of stigmatization in the society. The two best ways to manage the weight burden is through exercising and observing proper dietary measures. However, most people tend to fall back to their old eating habits and gain the lost weight after sometime. Furthermore, though exercises are effective, most people have little time to spare for the gym. It is in the backdrop of these shortcomings that the use of weight control drugs is becoming popular. Unfortunately, some of the medications used today may be harmful to various body organs or cause serious side effects. How then do you protect yourself from possible risks associated with these drugs but still manage to control your weight?

Understanding "Weighty" Conditions

Weight control drugs are specifically formulated to help patients achieve and retain the most suitable weight for healthy living. The mechanisms through which this is realized is mostly based on the reduction of appetite by the users or by preventing the body from absorbing excess fat. Note that these drugs differ from those used in the reduction of cholesterol levels. Simply put, losing weight doesn't necessarily translate to low cholesterol levels. Achieving the ideal weight is therefore very different from maintaining the right cholesterol levels. It is therefore your responsibility to ensure that you practice proper diet and exercise regularly to keep your weight in check. Failure to do this will definitely lead to weight gain, forcing you to fall back to use of drugs.

Dangers of Overweight

There are many health challenges associated with being overweight. Listed below are some common ones you should understand:

  • Physical inactivity: Difficulties to carry out various basic activities, such as walking, lifting heavy objects.
  • Blood-related complications: Excess fat exert pressure on the body's blood vessels, hampering blood circulation, which may lead to insufficient oxygen in the body.
  • Breathing complications.
  • Overworking the liver when converting fats into glucose can result in production of toxic chemicals like ketones that may damage other body organs such as the kidney.
  • The excess fat may also harbor various toxins that may result in other complications, such as heart diseases and cancer.

While these dangers are known to the general population, most people don't pay attention to them. In fact, cardiovascular complications due to weight gain and obesity. In fact, obese people are more susceptible to coronary heart diseases. Being docile has never been the solution. Waiting until is too late as well doesn't guarantee good health.

Different Types of Weight Control

The global weight management market has been steadily growing over the years and is estimated to hit a whopping $442 billion by 2025. As a result, different products have been introduced in the market to meet the rising demand. Note that the body tend to develop some form of tolerance after getting to a certain level. The following are the most common types:

1. Appetite Suppressants

The mechanism of this set of weight loss drugs is rather straight-forward: suppressing the appetite food. With subdued appetite, the inspiration to eat something is lowered, as well as the urge to eat more. Instead, you may end up eating less in regular intervals. Some of the common drugs in this category include Belvig, Osynmia and Phentermine. Another drug that falls in this category include Contrive which is a blend of two different psychiatric drugs that are especially used in the treatment of anxiety and depression.

2. Bio Signal Changers

Some drugs such work by blocking hunger signals released by the stomach from reaching the brains. This group is known as bio signal changers.

3. Fat Absorption Blockers

The surest method to lose weight, at least according to most weight loss experts, is to reduce consumption of dietary fats. It is on this principle that this set of drugs work; by barring the body from absorbing close to a third of the fats you consume, allowing them to pass the body system as insoluble fibers or other ingestible substances. One main shortcoming of these drugs is that they cause some serious side effects, which can be managed by keeping fat consumption at the bare minimum.

Side Effects of Weight Control Drugs

  • Lack of bowel control that may lead to uncontrolled diarrhea.
  • Some drugs like Contrive may trigger thoughts of suicide or even lead to suicide in patients and possible cardiac damage.
  • These drugs can damage the liver, kidney, and heart.

Doctor's Consultation

TWhile most of the weight loss drugs are easily available on the nearby pharmacies or online pharmacies, it is highly recommended to consult your doctor before commencing medication, during treatment, especially whenever you experience side effects and if you plan to discontinue treatment. Always disclose much information about your health, any possible medical conditions, reactions and the type of medicine you are using at the moment.


While the use of weight control drugs is an effective way of shedding off the excess fat, it is important to emphasize that the best remedies to losing weight is through lifestyle decisions. You must eat right, exercise regularly, and generally make right choices about your life. Always consult your doctor on the most ideal remedy.