One-third of dieters have risked organ failure and even death by buying illegal weight-loss pills online, new research reveals.
Some 32.6 per cent of people trying to lose weight have tried illicit ‘medical’ weight-loss aids, of which 63 per cent have experienced side effects including uncontrollable bleeding and heart problems, a UK study found.
Lynda Scammell, senior policy manager at the Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), who carried out the study, said: ‘Quick fixes for losing weight may have serious health consequences in the short or long term, including organ failure and death.
‘Your weight could end up being the least of your worries’.
Since 2013, the MHRA has seized nearly £4-million worth of weight-loss pills that have not been tested for safety, with some even being found in rat-infested warehouses and garden sheds.
In 2016 alone the MHRA seized more than 4.6 million fake ‘medical’ weight-loss products and closed over 5,000 websites selling medicines illegally.