Banning anti-obesity products on the Internet


  • In 2015, being overweight or obese affected 16% of boys and 18% of girls ages 6 to 17.
  • In 2020, according to the World Health Organization, overweight and obesity affect more than two billion people worldwide.

In France, 17% of adults are obese, according to Ministry of Solidarity and Health. A proportion representing more than 8 million people. This progressive chronic disease can range from simple obesity to severe and/or complex obesity. Either way, it is a major risk factor for many other diseases like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, etc. To lose weight, some people try several methods: diet, physical activity, separation from the gastric ligament … but also other solutions, sometimes offered on the Internet, such as injections to fight obesity consisting of phosphatidylcholine and / or sodium deoxycholate. ..but this was just suspended By the National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety (ANSM). Its seriousness is questionable.

Products that have not obtained marketing authorization

Phosphatidylcholine and sodium deoxycholate are two substances sold in commercial websites to fight obesity. It has been shown to be able to remove localized fat or fat cells. We inform people or professionals who wish to order online that these products may be dangerous to health and that no clinical studies have been conducted to prove their efficacy.ANSM said in its press release. Contrary to the claims of the websites that market them, these products cannot be considered medicinal products because they did not have a marketing authorization.” Health authorities especially advise people with such products not to use them and to return them to their pharmacist so they can throw them in a designated container.

Serious side effects

In 2012, a technique called “adipocyte lysis”Phosphatidylcholine and sodium deoxycholate are injected into patients – It has already been banned by the Ministry of Health. The reasons given were hygienic. In fact, these products are suspected of causing undesirable effects such as skin infections, extensive hematomas or even necrosis, that is, the destruction of certain cells. For some, these complications were followed by disability (chronic pain, weakness in movement…) and aesthetic sequelae., is developing ANSM. If you notice an undesirable effect after lipolysis, we invite you to make a quick appointment with your attending physician to explain the procedure performed, so that he can assess the risks to your health.”

Eat less and exercise to lose weight

Losing weight takes time, especially for people who are obese. But whatever the goal is to be achieved, the advice remains the same: an individual’s daily caloric balance should be negative by a few hundred calories. In other words, the body expends more calories than food gives it. But be careful, don’t do it too frequently because if the patient deprives themselves too much, they are more likely to give up their diet or gain weight quickly once they are done. Finally, it is also important to engage in regular physical activity to lose weight. Two to three gym sessions per week and at least 10,000 steps per day.

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