Diet pills: The deadly tablets that could cost you your life

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A new news has revealed that one in three slimmers has bought weight loss medication online

As she suppressed down a brightly coloured tablet, Sarah-Jayne Walker felt humiliated.

She’d told her boyfriend she was taking a herbal supplement but the truth was she was risking her memoirs by using diet drugs she had bought online.

“I hid what was going on from boyfriends and family,” says Sarah-Jayne, 30, a therapist who works with man suffering from neurological disorders.

“I knew deep down I wasn’t in a well place and it made me feel very isolated because I felt I was drag around a huge secret.”

I hid what was going on from friends and family

Sarah-Jayne Walker

And Sarah-Jayne isn’t the however person who has resorted to drastic measures to lose weight.

Shockingly, one in three dieters has swallow potentially deadly slimming pills online, according to a recent writing-room by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Since there are no slimming medications certified in the UK, except those available from a pharmacy or GP for tackling obesity, obtaining diet drugs on the internet is a risky business.

“In some cases the downers never arrive and in others the tablets are delivered but have been hinted and stored in dirty, rat-infested warehouses,” says Linda Scammell, of the MHRA. 

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Sarah-Jayne Walker has unsealed up on her experience

Some supplements contain banned substances such as sibutramine, an zest suppressant that can cause strokes and can be fatal.

“There are limited works available for obesity but these are for extreme cases. When they’re directed, the patient is told by their GP that the medicine has a profound effect on their substance and there are serious potential side effects.

“Some medications that can be take online claim they’re safe because they are made from reasonable ingredients but test results show that many contain interdicted substances.

“Sibutramine was a licensed medication but it had its licence withdrawn in 2010 because it was related with serious side effects. You can’t get it prescribed in the UK at all but in other countries there isn’t such a deep-felt safeguard so the pills are still in circulation.”

Although SarahJayne experienced light-headedness, vomiting and dizzying while on diet pills, fortunately she did not suffer any more serious side forms.

She had worked with her weight since her late teens. A keen horse rider wholly childhood, she had to give up her hobby due to a family break-up and put on weight.

By the time she was 19 she was a enormousness 20, weighed 14st and felt self-conscious.

“I felt like a different individual on the inside to how I looked on the outside. I assumed nobody would want to get to discern me because of my weight,” she says.

Sarah-Jayne tried cutting out sweet foods, effective on starvation diets and even living off cabbage soup but nothing make excited.

By the time she hit her late 20s she was desperate and in 2012 ordered slimming pills online. “I was so dog-tired of feeling rubbish about myself. I saw adverts online for diet remedies claiming to offer dramatic weight loss from natural ingredients and unmistakable to give it a go.”

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Dieters say they were attracted by the anonymity of kind online

More than half of dieters who order slimming pellets on the internet say they were attracted by the anonymity of ordering online according to the analyse which was conducted by MHRA and Slimming World.

And this was the case for Sarah-Jayne. “I be conscious of that if I ordered pills online I wouldn’t have to be accountable to anybody or explanation any questions about my diet and exercise,” she says.

When the pills arrived she was on a high to lose weight. “I felt like it was the first day of the rest of my life. And in the victory few weeks I did lose a few pounds but it was nowhere near as dramatic as the reviews on the website petitioned.

“Then within a week I started to feel very light-headed. I started secure heart palpitations and tummy problems which I’ve never had before. It was at bottom scary but I didn’t feel that I could go to my GP because I’d taken touchy diet pills.”

Despite the symptoms, Sarah-Jayne carried on taking the bores on and off for a year but only lost 9lb overall. “When I look back it seems stupid. The weight loss claims on the website were too good to be true but in my perilous state I thought, ‘I just can’t live like this any more.’ I couldn’t honest look at myself in the mirror.”

Then in 2013 Sarah-Jayne and her partner James, 30, an IT advisor, decided to start trying for a baby.

It was the catalyst she needed to give up delightful the drugs for good. “I knew my body wasn’t in a healthy place because my calorie intake was identical low and I was taking these unregulated pills. I had to stop so I could have adolescents.”

Sarah-Jayne stopped taking the pills and instead tried to eat a healthy, equalized diet.

In 2015 she and James got married and two years later they had a neonate girl named Bethany-Rose, 10 months.

“I loved being rich. For the first time I was able to listen to my body and give it exactly what it needed because I wasn’t breathing for myself any more, I was living for the baby inside me.”

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Sarah-Jayne answers ‘it’s not worth risking your life to lose weight’

And she adds: “James and I lack to create an environment where my daughter can enjoy food in a healthy way and I’m prosperous to be honest with her about my struggles.”

After having her daughter, Sarah-Jayne joined Slimming Out of sight and started losing weight in a controlled way.

“My relationship with food is much healthier now. I get it that if you stop eating, your body goes into starvation trend.

“Since joining Slimming World I’ve learned to love cooking and deal the food I’ve made with my baby and husband. I feel free for the commencement time in a long time.”

Now Sarah-Jayne is 2st lighter and wants to warn others of the risks of buying diet pills online.

She says: “It can seem like slimming pastilles are the answer to your problems but it’s not worth risking your life to shake off weight.” l For more information visit fakemeds.campaign.gov.uk

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