the result of an irrational and not recommended, but frequent, career in pursuit of express weight loss. The quick, the miraculous, the comfortable … the dangerous. I refer specifically to that of buying pills that promise to lose weight, eliminate fat and all those things that cool a lot … on paper or rather on the computer screen.
This is the story , the tribute if you prefer, as it was published on the website of the local police, a mother who just saw her daughter die a 21-year-old daughter who had bought and ingested some slimming pills :
A tribute to Eloise Aimee Parry, written by her mother Fiona Parry:
Sunday morning dawned clear and fresh. At lunchtime there was enough wind, the strong gusts seemed to announce an upcoming storm. However, the sky was a bright blue, almost cloudless, full of promise.
At that time I did not know that ‘Ella’ [diminutive of Eloise] had bought some slimming pills on the Internet . These pills contained a substance known as DNP (2,4-dinitrophenol) that is not suitable for human consumption due to its toxicity. He had taken a number of “slimming pills” over which the container recommended to take and had no way of knowing how dangerous they could be . How many of us have thought “If a pill works … taking one or two more can not hurt anyone”?
When she began to feel bad, she went on her own to the hospital where she was immediately admitted to the emergency room. My daughter told without fear and perfectly lucid the pills she had taken. At that time he still seemed to be more or less well. But these sensations changed suddenly when the toxicology report became known, revealing the true gravity of the situation. The product had been dispersed by all systems, there was no antidote , and even less knowing that my daughter had taken eight tablets, while two already constituted a lethal dose.
As Eloise’s health deteriorated, the emergency staff did everything possible to stabilize it. As the substance spread through his body, the metabolism of ‘Ella’ soared ; and although in the hospital everything possible was done to stop it … it was a struggle in vain against an enemy that was getting stronger every time. My daughter was literally “burning” from the inside. When he stopped breathing, he was given assisted breathing and they kept fighting to save her. But when his heart stopped they could not revive her anymore. My daughter burst . It took so much DNP that the consequences were inevitable. In these conditions, health personnel never had the slightest chance of saving it . My daughter was charred and burst.
Outside, the wind had stopped and it was raining meekly.
He never intended to take his own life. He never really knew how dangerous the pills he was taking were . Most of us do not believe that a slimming pill can kill.
DNP is not a miracle pill to lose weight. DNP is a lethal toxicant. It is similar to TNT in its structure. The TNT is an explosive. DNP causes the metabolism to explode until it explodes to the point of risking our lives.
This overwhelming story could have had another end … or directly never happened if this poor girl had had the luck (or interest) to form a contrasting opinion about the dangers of doing what she finally did.
The question of information
Among many of the characteristics with which we can define our time, we could say with little doubt that we live in the information age . But this particularity, virtuous in certain occasions, becomes defect and danger when the volume of information is of such magnitude that it prevents or hinders the threshing of it. We have a lot of access to a lot of information … but both the good and the bad, and sometimes it becomes difficult to discern one from the other. Especially when in the case of misinformation there are often overlapping interests (or not so overlapping, the chrmatics are usually the most common) so that this, the inconvenient information, actually appears especially attractive and resplendent … even more than that which is valid
I bring all this up because a recent study has highlighted the important and beneficial role that some blogs can play. I refer to the advantages of following sources of information more or less contrasted and therefore more or less valid, when approaching or maintaining a healthy eating style. Thus, the study Exploring Women’s Beliefs and Perceptions About Healthy Eating Blogs: A Qualitative Study (Finding women’s beliefs and perceptions about healthy eating blogs: a qualitative study) highlighted, among many others:
This sample of 33 women positively assessed the credibility of those healthy eating blogs conducted by registered dietitians-nutritionists, as well as the possibility of contact with these professionals and that this type of media makes possible. This type of blogs could provide an interesting starting point with empirical support for the design of interventions aimed at the prevention of chronic diseases related to eating styles.
The study itself has many gaps: the sample is very small, in addition to certain socioeconomic characteristics and not others, the analysis is made from just 4 blogs, etcetera. But of course it seems to me an interesting starting point to highlight the work that many of the blogs written by people with qualified criteria can be doing.
I am convinced that if in the case of Eloise Aimee Parry there had been a greater presence of reliable blogs in her language that warned of the dangerousness of her behavior, the probability of ending up as it would have been much lower. A pity in any case and that in my situation invites you to grit your teeth and be more convinced if I can work.