Is it safe for teenagers to use weight loss products?

April 29, 2012 by  
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Question by omigawdbananas: Is it safe for teenagers to use weight loss products?
This isn’t an ethical question, but quite literally asking if it is safe for a teenager to use weight loss solutions like weight loss milkshakes and other things of that nature.

Thanks in advance!

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Answer by Answer This!
I dont think you should be using pills or anything, but there isnt harm in like the slimfast shakes or bars, as long as you are getting all the nutrients you need.

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4 Responses to “Is it safe for teenagers to use weight loss products?”
  1. johncena494 says:

    No, cuz we are young and all we have to do is work hard to lose it. I wouldnt advice to use it just excerise

  2. Lila L says:

    no its not
    they contain side effects and are deadly
    the real product for weight loss
    is to change your lifestyle
    educate yourself and your mind to connect with your body
    exercise and eating right is key
    shakes are great but it depends
    some contain sugar and are not worth
    i recommend protein soybased mineral shakes healthy and filled with many vitamens

  3. emmy says:

    It’s not safe for ANYONE to use OTC weight loss supplements- they’re not regulated by the FDA and can be extremely dangerous (not to mention there’s no evidence that any of them are effective, since they aren’t tested in the same way that prescription and over-the-counter drugs are, since they’re classified as “supplements”.)

    It’s not unsafe for a teenager to diet, but it should be carefully planned, aiming for slow, sustainable weight loss, and being sure that all the teen’s nutritional requirements aside from calories are being met. Calorie restriction shouldn’t be too extreme (you’re still growing, you NEED calories). Permanent body development is occurring in the teen years, you don’t want to mess up growth by dieting in an unsafe way.

    Weight loss shakes like slimfast and the like aren’t a particularly great idea for anyone, although they’re certainly better than eating nothing or eating nutritionally empty foods. The primary problem with them is that although they can cause rapid weight loss in small amounts, pretty much nobody can sustain the “two shakes a day plus dinner” diet plan forever, and as soon as you stop you go back to your old habits and put back on the weight, plus generally a little more. Repeated many times over years, this leads to a messed-up metabolism and a large accumulation of weight.

    A better idea- for teens and adults- is to slowly change to healthy, sustainable eating patterns that involve solid, normal food, not weight-loss shakes or similar meal substitution products. This (plus exercise) is the only way to achieve real, long-term weight loss.

  4. Alive at last... says:

    This question is a very open-ended question in which there is not a single answer to. Weight loss products can be as mild as meal replacement bars or shakes to appetitie suppresant pills. The answer to your question is going to depend on which products that you are speaking of. As a very general answer, you need to look at the nutrients that a teen needs to get everyday. If the product is restricting this, or preventing the intake of this, then no – they are not safe.

    As far as “weight loss milkshakes”, look as the nutritional content in each of the shakes. If this shake is providing the proteins, carbs, and good fats that are needed in good proportions and amounts, then there should not be a problem. The problem arises when you get into some of the replacement drinks that are nothing more than an apetite suppresant with no nutritional value.

    Good luck!

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