The recent death of a nineteen-year old aspiring beauty queen from Zamboanga should serve as a warning to the public against taking banned and dangerous slimming pills.
Maan Acedo, a contestant in the Miss Dapitan 2015 expired from multiple organ failure four days after she started taking slimming pills she bought on the internet. According to the victim’s mother, the young woman had been taking the said pills to prepare for the beauty contest. After consuming three pills a day, she started to bleed and to complain of abdominal pain.
The family now wants to seek justice for the untimely death of the young woman. Watch the video here.
This is not the first time that slimming pills have been reported to have caused the death of an innocent victim. Less than two months ago, a twenty-one year British student, Eloise Parry, died after taking slimming pills she purchased on a website that was registered with a Canada based website.
According to investigation, she took slimming pills that contained 2,4-Dinitrophenol (DNP), an industrial chemical that promised quick weight loss but with severe side effects that could lead to death.
The said chemical is banned in the United States but the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) admitted that it is impossible to stop the sale of the substance on the internet.
According to Dr. Mark Siegel in an interview on Fox news, Dinitrophenol was originally used “as munitions in World War I and it is like TNT.” Although it is an effective in stimulating the body’s metabolism, it can increase the heart rate and if the person taking it has a heart problem, it could lead to death. An overdose of DNP can lead to high temperature, excessive sweating, rapid breathing, and even hypothermia. According to Dr. Siegel, there have been 62 cases of death in the United States due to the consumption of slimming pills containing DNP.
In addition to DNP, a number of other slimming pills have been tagged as dangerous and illegal in the United States and the United Kingdom but are still being sold online. Among the list include Phentermine/Fen-Phen, Ephedra, and Meridia. All banned and dangerous slimming pills may cause serious harm to the heart, liver and kidney that can ultimately lead to death.
Although it is not clear at the moment if the victim in Zamboanga took any of the banned and dangerous slimming pills, the public should be forewarned about taking any substance that might cause serious harm to the body. The fact that such substances are still sold on the internet in spite of the advisory and ban imposed on them in a number of countries should be enough reason for everyone to be more cautious.