One-third of UK dieters have used slimming pills bought online – report

Posted 30 November 2017

UK medicines regulator warns that many of the websites are unregulated and sell fake diet pills containing banned ingredients

One-third of people trying to lose weight have tried potentially dangerous slimming pills bought online, a government survey has found.

One in three participants had taken substances bought through websites, according to the poll of 1,805 people released by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and Slimming World.

The UK government medicines regulator said many of the websites are unregulated and the diet pills are often fake and contain ingredients that have been banned because of their harmful side-effects.

“Slimming tablets can seem like a quick-fix solution to weight problems, but some of them contain very dangerous ingredients,” said the senior MHRA policy manager Lynda Scammell. “It’s essential you know what you’re buying online and what the risks are. If you don’t, your weight could end up being the least of your worries.”

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