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Diet supplements and laxatives: Doing more harm than good?

Using diet pills and laxatives is among many unhealthy methods of weight management which have been shown to increase the risk of individuals developing eating disorders.  Additonally, use of diet pills has other health effects including high blood pressure, liver and kidney damage, increased heart rate, rectal bleeding, as well as sleeping disorders. Despite these effects, and the regular discouragement to use them by health care providers, over the counter diet pills and laxatives are still popular among young adults and youths, especially women.

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