All across America this weekend hope rises again for gravitationally challenged (overweight) people. Lined up at local Wal-Marts and pharmacies, my overweight brothers and sisters are inflated on more than cheap calories and gallons of diet pop, they’re counting on the FDA to have passed through its rigorous testing procedures, only a true miracle. Boy, are they in for a surprise.

Orlistat (Alli if you’re a brand name shopper) may have passed clinical trials, and it may actually boost weight loss by preventing a certain amount of fat from being metabolized, but matter isn’t destroyed, is it? All the fat we shove into our respective pie-holes is bound to come out somewhere. In the case of Orlistat users, that somewhere is the bowel.

When taken at the 120mg/3 times daily strength, Orlistat causes what Dr. Anoop Misra (director of the department of metabolic diseases for the Fortis Group hospitals) politely calls, “gastrointestinal problems such as oily fecal discharge, diarrhea and uncontrolled bowel movement.”

These colorful side effects are intensified in patients who eat more fat, and the pill is also reported to block the absorption of such fat-soluble vitamins as A, D, E, and K.

I‘ll just be content with my well-earned beer belly or maybe try to walk a little more.

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