A healthy routine has a significant and long-lasting impact on the physical, mental and emotional health. Lately, people are leaving no stone unturned to make healthy lifestyle a way of living. More often, such individuals search for innumerable options to maintain a healthy routine by exercising, eating right and staying away from harmful substances.
In an effort to maintain a healthy lifestyle, many people, especially adolescents, crave for an ideal body weight, which becomes the first and foremost goal to achieve. Some people achieve the ideal weight by adopting measures such as workouts, diet control, yoga, etc.
Interestingly, people who fall under the category of obese are also influenced by the benefits of having an ideal weight and do not mind going under the knife to shed some extra pounds. However, the most questionable and riskier way to stop or prevent weight gain is the consumption of an array of prescription drugs.
According to a 2016 study titled, “Unhealthy weight management practices associated with non-medical use of prescription drugs (NMUPD) among adolescents,” published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the use of prescription drugs for non-medical purposes such as healthy weight management is emerging as a national health threat in the United States. Hence, there is an urgent need spread awareness about healthy weight management strategies and substance abuse through comprehensive health education efforts.
Association between NMUPD and unhealthy weight management practices (UWMP)
The latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that nearly 17 percent of the high school students (in grades 9–12) in the U.S. are engaged in NMUPD. As per the survey, unhealthy weight management was the primary reason behind NMUPD, followed by other reasons such as pain relief, getting high, improving concentration, etc.
As part of the study, the researchers combined the data from the 2011 and 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey and subsequently, zeroed in on the students who had specific weight loss goal of either staying the same weight or losing weight. Next, the students were questioned about their frequency of consuming prescription drugs such as OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, Codeine, Adderall, Ritalin or Xanax, without any prescription or guidance from the doctor.
Further, UWMP was assessed through the questionnaire revolving around the questions whether the participants stayed without eating for 24 hours or more, had taken any diet pills, powders or liquids without a doctor’s advice, or vomited or used laxatives during the last 30 days, in order to lose weight or keep from gaining weight.
As per the findings, the females were twice more likely than male students to get engaged in unhealthy weight management practices such as NMUPD, apart from other measures such as fasting and vomiting, using laxatives and taking diet pills/powders/liquids. In case of male students, there were significant associations between NMUPD and two of the three UWMPs, including fasting and vomiting or taking laxatives, added the study.
Seeking professional help
On noticing any abnormalities in terms of behavior or health, parents should immediately enquire about them with their children. They should also be careful if their children are getting addicted to some prescription drugs and are going extra miles to get hold of them. Often, due to their high addictive potential, prescription drugs might lead to issues of drug misuse and addiction in children.
If your child or somebody close to you has developed an addiction to any form of prescription drugs, it is important to seek help. Call at 24/7 helpline number 866-450-1557 to connect with the best prescription drug abuse treatment clinic in the U.S. You can also chat online with our medical experts for further information about the best prescription drug abuse treatment centers in the U.S.