Weight-loss scams: Learn how to spot ...

Weight-loss scams: Learn how to spot them

There are 6 comments on the KOTA-TV Rapid City story from Mar 5, 2011, titled Weight-loss scams: Learn how to spot them. In it, KOTA-TV Rapid City reports that:

Lose 10 pounds in ten days! Melt away fat as you sleep ! Eat as much as you want and still lose weight! Sound too good to be true? It's a safe bet that anything promising quick results without the work means that your wallet - not your body - will be lighter.

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High Springs, FL

#1 Mar 6, 2011
Psychotropic drugs induced weight gain: a review of the literature concerning epidemiological data, mechanisms and management]

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Weight gain is associated with the use of many psychotropic medications, including antidepressants, mood stabilizers, antipsychotic drugs, and may have serious long term consequences: it can increase health risks, specifically from overweight (BMI = 25-29.9 kg/m2) to obesity (BMI > or =30 kg/m2), according to Body Mass Index (BMI), and the morbidity associated therewith in a substantial part of patients (hypertension, coronary heart desease, ischemic stroke, impaired glucose tolerance, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, respiratory problems, osteoarthritis, cancer); according to patients, psychosocial consequences such as a sense of demoralization, physical discomfort and being the target of substantial social stigma are so intolerable that they may discontinue the treatment even if it is effective. The paper reviews actual epidemiological data concerning drug induced weight gain and associated health problems in psychiatric patients : there is a high risk of overweight, obesity, impaired glucose tolerance, diabetes mellitus, premature death, in patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder; and the effects of specific drugs on body weight: Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCA) induced weight gain correlated positively with dosage and duration of treatment, more pronounced with amitriptyline ; Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) decrease transiently bodyweight during the first few weeks of treatment and may then increase bodyweight; weight gain appears to be most prominent with some mood stabilizers (lithium, valproate); atypical antipsychotics tend to cause more weight gain than conventional ones and weight gain, diabetes, dyslipidemia, seem to be most severe with clozapine and olanzapine. Conceming the underlying mechanisms of drug induced weight gain, medications might interfere with central nervous functions regulating energy balance; patients report about: increase of appetite for sweet and fatty foods or "food craving" (antidepressants, mood stabilizers, antipsychotic drugs) and weight gain despite reduced appetite which can be explained by an altered resting metabolic rate (TCA, SSRI, Monoaminoxidase Inhibitors MAO I). According to current concepts, appetite and feeding are regulated by a complex of neurotransmitters, neuromodulators, cytokines and hormones interacting with the hypothalamus, including the leptin and the tumor necrosis factor system.

High Springs, FL

#2 Mar 6, 2011
Doctors see kids on psych drugs quickly become obese


CHICAGO (AP)— Children on widely used psychiatric drugs can quickly gain an alarming amount of weight; many pack on nearly 20 pounds and become obese within just 11 weeks, a study found.
"Sometimes this stuff just happens like an explosion. You can actually see them grow between appointments," said Dr. Christopher Varley, a psychiatrist with Seattle Children's Hospital who called the study "sobering."

High Springs, FL

#3 Mar 6, 2011
*True Insanity -- Psychiatrists Promote Psychiatric Drugs as Weight Loss Tools

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High Springs, FL

#4 Mar 6, 2011
WMC Exclusive: The Mystery Suspect in the U.S.“Obesity Epidemic” by Paula Caplan



As a clinician, I have heard from countless patients that upon telling their doctors about weight gain after starting psychiatric drugs, they hear back a simple mathematical formula: The more you eat, and the less you exercise, the more weight you gain. Even the little that is known about how the drugs may radically alter weight-gain and hunger mechanisms is too frequently omitted from the picture. Women, who tend more than men to be socialized to blame themselves for every problem, are particularly susceptible to feeling deeply ashamed about weight gain. It can be devastating for a patient who is suffering from anxiety or depression in the first place.

Precisely because of the silences about this topic, there is no way of calculating how much drugs marketed as antidepressants, antipsychotics, and tranquilizers are adding to people’s weight. The total number of antidepressant purchases alone skyrocketed from 88 million in 1997 to 161 million in 2004, and the number of people who reported making such purchases increased from 15 million to nearly 25 million.

As alarming as it is for adults—whose central nervous systems are mature—to suffer weight gain and associated health problems through inadequately tested psychiatric drugs, the problem is worse for children and adolescents. There are exceedingly few long-term studies that could tell us the possible effects of these drugs on those whose central nervous systems have a long way to go to reach maturity. The lack of information is especially worrying in light of the huge increases in prescriptions for these age groups of not only antidepressants and stimulants but even of drugs prescribed as mood stabilizers and anti-psychotics.

The ballooning, unchecked power of pharmaceutical companies over the past two decades in the United States—born partly of the legalization of direct-to-consumer drug advertising, a phenomenon that many people from Canada and other countries find shocking—is, of course, a major contributor to this set of problems. So is woefully inadequate government oversight. U.S. residents—too many of them struggling to deal with the effects of overwork, poverty, violence, and alienation—may easily be persuaded that drugs will provide quick, effective fixes, the only remedy their time and incomes will afford.

Research has shown that a woman walking into a therapist’s or family practitioner’s office is more likely than a man with exactly the same emotional problems or concerns to be diagnosed as mentally ill. With that diagnosis, people often learn to attribute all their problems, including eating more, to mental illness. This makes it especially troubling that in an article last May in the American Journal of Psychiatry, two doctors proposed that obesity be classified as a mental illness. One likely consequence of that would be another massive increase in the prescribing of psychotropic drugs, resulting, no doubt, in another upsurge in obesity statistics.

As a beginning step, anyone who considers taking a psychiatric drug should be able to make that decision one that is fully informed. This means that government, the media, and certainly physicians must be energetic in educating themselves and the public and insisting that pharmaceutical companies disclose the extent of weight gain their drugs cause.


High Springs, FL

#6 Mar 6, 2011
Neuropsychopharmacology (2000) 23 13-19.10.1038/sj.npp.1395497

Effects of Antidepressants on Weight and on the Plasma Levels of Leptin, TNF-

and Soluble TNF Receptors: A Longitudinal Study in Patients Treated with Amitriptyline or Paroxetine

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Craiova, Romania

#8 Aug 15, 2011
You can find some interesting articles on calotor.com also you can find out how many calories you burn every day. Knowing this value will tell you how many calories you should eat a day in order to maintain your weight, or how many calories you need to lose weight.

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