Phentermine is an appetite suppressing drug commonly prescribed as a last resort to aid weight loss in the morbidly obese.
Proven effective in reducing weight in a short period, Phentermine has become one of the most prescribed anti-obesity drug since the 1970s, although Phentermine has somewhat reduced in popularity due to it being addictive like its relative, crystal meth, and its host of undesirable side effects.
Obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable death in the world, and, judging from the list of diseases obesity contributes to, should be number one in terms of the number and variety of suffering it inflicts on people. Just a few in the list: Diabetes mellitus, ischemic heart disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, lymphedema, menstrual disorders, pregnancy and fetal problems, gallstones, strokes, migraines, dementia, multiple sclerosis, depression, gout, lower back pain, osteoarthritis, impotence, breast and ovarian cancer, liver and pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancer. The list goes on and on — more are being discovered.
That’s a lot of suffering caused by a largely preventable condition. Due mostly to a combination of overeating and a sedentary lifestyle, obesity is a result of choice — whether informed or not. Obesity is not forced on people although, at 74.6% of Americans being obese, it might as well be.
Reversing obesity sounds simple — stop overeating, eat only healthy food, drink only healthy drinks, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly — no need for weight loss drugs like Phentermine. Easier said than done.
In todays urban living, eating unhealthy, calorie rich food is practically unavoidable — especially if one is poor. Nowadays, hamburgers and processed fast-food are more affordable than wholesome food. The same holds true for juices — sweetened drinks are cheaper compared to real fruit juice. Beer and soda are also cheaper.
And when it comes to exercise, some people who have to make ends meet just don’t have the time to improve their health through regular exercise.
The biggest obstacle to weight loss is self-discipline. Overindulging on unhealthy food has all the hallmarks of addiction. All addictions are hard to overcome. With all that, it seems the oddsare against weight loss.
But one has to overcome them. Phentermine is only a crutch — to lose weight quickly. But one should pair this with healthy living. Once one has lost enough weight — ‘stood on one’s feet,’ so to speak, he should let go of crutches. Or else he will just be trading one addiction for another.