Diet Pills Suck

Fenfluramine, the appetite suppressant drug banned in the US in 1997 due to fears over its links to heart conditions, has been shown to have serious long-term effects.

In a report published in the journal BMC Medicine, researchers have shown that people who stopped using fenfluramine eleven years ago had damaged heart valves up to seven years later.

In this study, Charles Dahl from the Central Utah Clinic led a team of researchers who studied the heart condition of 5743 former fenfluramine users. He said, “Valve problems were common in individuals exposed to fenfluramines, more frequent in females and associated with duration of drug use in all valves assessed”.

  • Heart valves, such as the aortic, mitral and tricuspid valves, ensure that your blood flows in the correct direction around the heart.
  • When these valves fail, the blood in your heart back-flows (termed regurgitation).
  • If the regurgitation is severe enough, congestive heart failure and/or the need for heart valve surgery may occur.

Dahl said, “We found clear evidence for a strong, graded association between duration of exposure to fenfluramines and prevalence of aortic regurgitation and for mild or greater mitral and tricuspid regurgitation”.

For us non-scientists, this means…

People want to take a drug like Fenfluramine (which causes Aortic Regurgitation)…

aortic regurgitation Diet Pills Suck

So that we can eat junk food…

fatkidatmcds Diet Pills Suck

And hopefully look like this…

jessica alba david beckham Diet Pills Suck

No no no no no no no…I am truly sorry to break the news to y’all, but…

 Diet Pills Suck

Junk Food


 Diet Pills Suck


 Diet Pills Suck


Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, a social media nerd and a student of nutrition and exercise science. Since 2008, Doug has brought his real-world experience online via his health & fitness blog, Health Habits.


  1. PHB

    January 5, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Love the photos, hopefully people will understand that they need to change their lifestyle habits in order to lose weight. Just popping a pill and hoping that weight just fals off will only cause more damage

  2. Joanna Poppink, MFT

    July 8, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Wonderful post: clear, hard hitting, straight shooting delivery of
    information people can be most reluctant to hear. Bravo!

    My work is dedicated to eating disorder recovery. A line you wrote
    haunts me. “When they fail, blood back-flows (termed regurgitation).”

    Internal, invisble aortic bulimia????? Good grief.

    Thank you for posting this important information so well.

    best regards,

    Joanna Poppink
    Los Angeles psychotherapist
    author of Healing Your Hungry Heart

  3. chrislawrence

    December 16, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    thanks for the read

  4. DR

    November 7, 2008 at 11:16 am


    It’s not just our health…It’s seems like most people are quick to blame someone / anyone else for their problems.

    And yeah, that pic still freaks me out as well.

    And it certainly drives the point home.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  5. asithi

    November 7, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Love your pictures! Especially Homer! :D

    Doesn’t it seem like no one want to take personal responsibility for their own health anymore. Take this miracle drug or food and don’t worry about the Quarter Pounder and super sized fries.

    I seen that picture of the obese kids before. It still disturbing to me.

  6. Dan

    November 6, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Great Post!!!

  7. David

    November 6, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Excellent illustration and logical explanation of
    just how bad the combination of diet pills and eating junk food can be.