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MASHAMOO Posts: 1,667
2/12/13 9:25 A

Perhaps it's time for a different group. Or maybe you can learn other helpful things from these folks without buying the diet pill idea fully.

LEDIRETSE SparkPoints: (47,021)
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2/11/13 4:31 P

am not for the idea of anyone using diet pills or any other shortcuts that do not really work, let alone children who are still growing. i understand the pressure to fit in as a teenager in today's society but the only healthy way to obtain ideal weight is by following the right diet, eating the right food and limiting the intake of so called bad food. in addition to this exercise is very important, get the child involved in sport if gym is too much

SUSANBEAMON Posts: 3,404
2/10/13 1:42 A

i have a hard time with anyone under the age of 18 on a "diet" to lose weight. that's when they are growing the most. limiting nutrients when the body needs them to build bones and organs does not sound right. feed children the right foods, natural, and encourage them to play outside.
diet pills don't work. had a doctor put me on some diet pill, was supposed to make me not want to eat and have all this energy. didn't lose an ounce, but i sure felt good.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,027)
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2/2/13 8:14 P

Absolutely not. There is no such thing as an over the counter diet pill that works anyway, and we should not be putting chemicals of any kind in our children without a doctor's guidance. "All natural" doesn't mean anything, at all; in fact, it's something that is unregulated and can be added if there's even a smidgen of something considered "natural" in it.

Not to mention, natural doesn't mean safe or effective. Apples are natural, but the seeds contain cyanide! Snake venom is about as natural as it gets, but you won't catch me drinking it.

Let's talk about the psychological effects, as well; teaching a kid that all you have to do to stop being fat is take a pill is not going to teach them healthy lifestyle habits nor will it fix the problem.

EDALDAVIS SparkPoints: (4,636)
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2/1/13 9:41 A

Never ever a good idea! Kids need to learn how to eat right and exercise.

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (53,193)
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2/1/13 12:19 A

No, I don't think it is a good idea.

It isn't teaching children to eat correctly - it is teaching them that pills solve their problems

Of course, this is coming from the girl that used to steal Dexatrim with her friend from the local pharmacy

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1/26/13 8:11 P

I am against ANY "quick" fix or radical things for ANY person, let alone young children. The other day I had to restrain a 5 1/2 year old child in a special ed class to stop him from hurting another child. He is just one of many children I come across that have health issues(mental and physical). I don't even like the meds they give many of the kids because they just thing they could use them and do better. They should be last resort and administered by a doctor. Even then I am afraid the long lasting effects of many of these drugs are going to cause worse ones down the road.

So trying to educate young children on how to eat good foods and how exercise is necessary is the best way to help them have a lifelong healthy life. It doing this though, most parents are going to have to educate themselves and DO IT right along with the children. This "do as I say, not as I do" attitude FAILS every time. Keep the faith.

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1/25/13 9:37 P

I am asking this because I am part of two support groups for people to lose weight and both promote this weight loss product called Skinnyfiber. I dont have an issue with other people taking it that are adults, though losing 15-25 pounds in a month with a pill and minimal exercise and food changes is scary. My question is, should parents or adults give this to kids as young as 10 and possibly younger? They are even having a challenge with the product for 90 days thats in creation to see which child would lose the most weight taking a diet pill!!!! These adults have been through and on almost every diet, pill, and plan that has been promoted or you can find online. For whatever reason, the weight is not coming off them as easy. Giving it to kids instead of getting them active and eating healthier would be a better choice and should be done first before any serious diet thats not doctor approved, let alone diet pill. The product is supposed to be all natural but no one seems to have a concrete answer as to how it works or what the long term effects can be. I am considering leaving the group because to me the pill for kids should not be a solution or the first thing they try. This bothers me and worries more than people would imagine. I was slightly heavier as a kid and know its tough, this just doesnt seem sensible or safe.

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