Extreme Dieting

Getting high is not the only criteria for drug abuse. Many people who are overly concerned with losing weight misuse drugs to achieve their goals. Instead of dieting and exercise, diet pills have become a popular way of losing weight. While diet pills may not be as physically addicting as some other drugs such as cocaine or heroin, people can still become psychologically dependent on them. This type of addiction is similar to caffeine dependence, but more extreme and with more serious consequences.

Abuse of diet pills is a relatively new phenomenon. At some times in history, plumpness was considered a sign of health and beauty, even of prosperity. But during the last few decades, that image has shifted, until today being thin—and the thinner the better—is equated with being beautiful. There has been a corresponding increase in the desire to lose weight, and an increasing number of ways to do so. The first diet pill was introduced to the public in 1893, and today there are hundreds of OTC diet pills available, many with dangerous side effects. Many people are willing to believe that pills will miraculously let them lose weight and never think to research what may be in those pills, a potentially deadly mistake.

Many diet pills, although seemingly harmless because they may be advertised as containing natural ingredients, can be surprisingly dangerous when taken in large doses. Diet pills often contain substances that are similar to amphetamines (drugs sometimes known as uppers, which are often abused). Both amphetamines and the substances

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