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Diet Pills AddictionThe new fad which has gripped the population for some time now is the diet craze, and with it came the diet pills that claim to expedite the process. The pressure to be thin and fit is tremendous. Fueled in part by the media, peer pressure, and self-scrutiny, the drive to get fit and look good is irresistible and often a burden to thousands nation-wide. While the endeavor can be worthwhile, and good health is always a great choice to make, the ideal that many chase after are the unhealthy standards of being slim: the dark side to the fitness craze.

Adding to the hysteria of the "work-out and diet" culture is the difficulty that many have in shedding those last few pounds. For many, losing weight cannot simply be resolved by changing the diet to a hardcore lean-meal plan. There are many "do's and don'ts" when it comes to losing weight, of which many are not aware. So naturally, as TV commercials, billboards and magazines promote diet pills, which supposedly increase energy, reduce fat intake and help shed pounds, it was an easy hypothesis to make when guessing that many would become addicted to these pills.

Diet pills can be over-the-counter or prescribed. They target different goals, such as increasing metabolism, decreasing appetite and controlling the amount of fat and calories absorbed after eating. Regardless of where they come from, these pills have the same goal in mind: to lose weight.

However, as the pills are marketed as "helpers," users are unaware of the dangerous side-effects they can have. The relatively common list of side effects include mood swings, chest pain, tremors, irregular heart-beat, teeth grinding, exhaustion, nausea, anxiety, insomnia, and stomach pain. And if that wasn't enough, special cases of bad side effects due to diet pills have noted hallucinations, seizure, severe headaches, blurred vision and vomiting. Some medications have even been found to mix badly with other medications and can cause kidney or liver damage.

Another downside to the diet pill fad is that over time, taking the pills can become an addictive habit. Not all pills contain high amounts of caffeine and supplements that the body can become dependent on. The ones that do are at an increased risk for developing an addiction. But even the pills that are free of caffeine hold the risk for addiction. The reason why many people take diet pills is due to the unhappiness of their weight, or in the way they look. It has been noted in many individuals that this self-image can turn into an obsession over "physical attractiveness," especially in young girls and women. The idea of taking a pill to help shed weight or maintain it can become addictive just in the aspect that people believe it will work and believe it is necessary in order to achieve or maintain their goals. As many pills have additives that over a long period of time can become harmful, addiction to diet pills can be just as deadly and toxic as an addiction to another drug or pharmaceutical.

It is recommended that before adding a diet pill to a weight-loss regimen that a physician be consulted on not only the effectiveness of the pill but also of the safety and possible negative side effects.

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