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18-Year-Old Rugby Player Dies After Taking Poisonous Diet Pill

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teenage rugby player dies after taking toxic diet pills

So sad!

18-year-old rugby player Chris Mapletoft died recently after he took a diet pill that turned out to be poisonous.

The teenager out of Twickenham, London purchased 2,4-dinitrophenol (also known as DNP) online in hopes to shed a few pounds, but the chemical turned out to be too toxic for human consumption. The same chemical is known to be used in pesticides.

Chris's father David Mapletoft was with him when he said he began feeling nauseous and started showing fever-like symptoms. He called an ambulance once Chris began having difficulty breathing, but by the time it arrived he had already died.

David and his wife Lesley Mapletoft had no idea their son was taking the pill, and they are outraged that something so dangerous was so easily available online:

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Scientists Discover We're Naturally Addicted To Fatty Foods

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Potato Chip addiction

If you can't seem to stop eating potato chips, don't feel bad — it's only natural!

Scientists have recently discovered why we just can't get enough of the snack that has been proven to add over a pound a every four years to those indulging in one serving a day.

It turns out our bodies are naturally addicted to potato chips and other junk food because of marijuana-like chemicals in the body, called endocannabinoids, that are triggered by the ingestion of fat.

Researchers at the University of California found that when rats tasted something fatty, cells in their upper gut started producing endocannabinoids which initiated a surge in cell signalling that prompted the wanton intake of fatty foods.

From an evolutionary standpoint, scientists see this bodily phenomena as a way of compelling animals to consume crucial fats necessary for proper cell functioning, which are often scarce in nature.

However, we all know that fat is entirely too easy to come by in our unnatural society, so this research is pointing toward possibly using drugs to block receptors to obstruct endocannabinoid activity and curb our desire for fatty food!

It sounds like scientists may FINALLY be close to developing a diet pill that actually works!

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FDA Panel Recommends New Diet Pill For Approval

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Could this the answer for people struggling with their weight?

For the first time in a decade, an FDA panel has recommended a new diet pill for approval.

Contrave is supposed to increase the metabolism, while curbing appetite, but has some serious eyebrow raising side effects such as increased blood pressure, dizziness, and insomnia.

On top of the side effects, it doesn't seem to be very effective as studies failed to prove dieters taking the pill would lose more than 5% of their body weight.

Check out the video above as ABC News explains!

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Diet Pill Meridia Withdrawn From US, Canada

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Diet Pill Meridia Withdrawn From US and Canada

It’s about time!

A year ago, studies showed that the Abbott Labroratories’ diet pill Meridia increased the risk of heart attack and strokes in patients with a history of heart disease. The drug is finally being pulled from the shelves.

The pill will be recalled from both the US and Canada. Europe pulled the drug in January.

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