We live in a very image-conscious society. Whether rightly or wrongly, there is so much pressure to look good, which means maintaining an ideal weight. There is such a stigma against being overweight or obese, and the depression from the negative self-image can be crippling.
Nowhere is the pressure to look a certain way than among teens. Teenagers still have a lot of maturing to do and don’t think before they speak on how their words may affect the recipient. Take it from me, I went through high school as the “fat kid” and I can still remember all the names I was called (and who specifically was calling me those names).
Outside of being a proper weight, teenagers so have so many pressures in general, whether they be social status, cliques and clubs, intelligence, and just in general “fitting in.” Couple this with all of the changes that they are undergoing at the time – such as hormonal, physical, and emotional – and it can be a very trying time. The increase of social media (and cyberbullying that comes along with it) can put a great deal of pressure on a teenager to look a certain way.
For teens that are trying to lose weight to get a more attractive physique – are diet pills the answer?
Can Teens Take Diet Pills?
I’ll get straight to the point here – the answer is an absolute NO. And I’ll tell you why.
I got much of the idea for this topic from this article on FoxNews.com, and felt it would be useful information for my readers here.
It can be very easy for teens to try to deal with the societal and communal (within their friend group and high school) pressures to look a certain way to want to use diet pills to get their weight down to a more desirable level. However, what they are not considering with this decision are all of the dangers that exist in taking these kinds of supplements at that age. Here are a few factors that make taking diet pills before the age of adulthood a risky decision.
I talked about this in a previous post here. In the early days of diet pills, doctors thought that they had found the perfect combination of ingredients to help lose weight fast. While they did help to achieve that goal, they also came with harmful side effects. Luckily, science has come a long way since then and pharmacists have come up with formulas that are more natural and help to lose weight (even if more at a moderate pace than the dangerous predecessors) without the side effects.
However, despite diet pills being safe to take these days (in terms of the ingredients in them and the lack of side effects), there is still “too much of a good thing.” Teens can be very impatient, especially when it comes to improving their self-image, and may not be able to have the restraint to stick to the diet pills like PhenQ as directed. This can lead to taking too many at once. While safe to take, taking too many can lead to complications. As a word of advice, always use every kind of drug or supplement as directed on the label.
While getting to a certain weight may be important for teens battling with self-image and acceptance issues, it is not important than being safe and looking out for your health. Teenagers haven’t built the maturity, and the sense of self-discipline, to follow the label as directed and risk taking too much (thinking that it will speed up the weight loss).
Lack of Healthy Eating Habits
While diet pills can provide a great boost on your weight loss journey, they are not a magic cure that will work all on its own. Teenagers probably wouldn’t understand this concept, and just believe that popping some pills every day will lead to the body that they want. I have said it so many times on this site, but it is worth repeating again: diet pills such as Phen24 can be a great complement to a healthy diet and regular exercise, but taking them alone will not magically make you lose weight.
Many teenagers’ issues with their weight could be solved by taking a look at their eating habits and making the appropriate adjustments to their diet. However, many are unwilling to do this, and see diet pills as the solution that will make all the weight go away. There are no shortcuts when it comes to losing weight, and the tried and true method is to eat a healthy diet, with the proper amount of calories per day (made up of nutrient-rich food), and getting enough exercise. Not even the best diet pills can be a substitute for that.
Relying only on diet pills can lead to unhealthy eating habits. For teenagers, the best solution is to abstain from diet pills, and instead, make healthier lifestyle choices. It may be a process, but it is a change worth investing in – not only for their health at that age, but going forward for the rest of their lives.
Taking the Easy Way Out
This ties into the previous point, but if a teen thinks that a diet pill (like Phen375) is an answer to all of their body issues, then its likely that they will seek shortcuts in other areas of life as well. The teenage years are a very crucial time to learn the importance of responsibility and hard work. In life, there are no shortcuts, and the best results are gotten by putting your nose to the grindstone, rolling up your sleeves, or whatever you want to call it, and just working hard towards a goal.
If a teen can improve their body and health by making adjustments to their lifestyle (diet and exercise), it can teach them important lessons on the value of hard work, and how gratifying it can be to achieve a goal through perseverance. Those are essential lessons to learn at any age, but especially in the formative high school or middle school years. They can carry those ethics in all of their endeavors for the rest of their lives and it will take them places.