Thursday, February 08, 2007

Anorexia Chronicles: Good News For Fatties

The FDA has finally approved an over-the-counter (OTC) diet drug. See, as I've mentioned before, all of those diet pills like TrimSpa aren't FDA approved for weight loss which means two things 1. the company is lying and 2. fat people are just throwing their money at liars. Ephedrine was the only real OTC drug that significantly curbed appetite by acting as a stimulant and contributed to weight loss but that's been illegal for a few years unless you're shopping at my local gas station who apparently didn't get the memo and still have it for sale right next to the lotto tickets.

The FDA said the fat-blocking weight-loss pill orlistat, which has been available by prescription, can be sold in a reduced-strength version over the counter. The new version will be sold as "alli" by GlacoSmithKline PLC. Xenical, the prescription version, is made by Roche Holding AG. The drug is intended for people 18 and older to use along with a reduced-calorie, low-fat diet and exercise. When taken with meals, orlistat blocks the absorption of about one-quarter of any fat consumed. That fat -- about 150 to 200 calories worth -- is passed out of the body in stools. Problem: many of the side effects are gastrointestinal. So basically the good news is that if you're a fatty and you don't mind gas and loose stool, you can now buy an FDA approved drug OTC that will actually help you lose weight. It should be available in stores by this summer for about $1-2 a day. [source]

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