The dangerousmix of adolescents and dietary supplements forweight loss andmuscle building: Legal strategies for state action

Jennifer L. Pomeranz, Grant Barbosa, Caroline Killian, S. Bryn Austin

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Abstract

Adolescents use dietary supplements marketed for weight loss or muscle building, but these are not recommended by physicians. These products are often ineffective, adulterated, mislabeled, or have unclear dosing recommendations, and consumers have suffered injury and death as a consequence. When Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, it stripped the Food and Drug Administration of its premarket authority, rendering regulatory controls too weak to adequately protect consumers. State government intervention is thus warranted. This article reviews studies reporting on Americans' use of dietary supplements marketed for weight loss or muscle building, notes the particular dangers these products pose to the youth, and suggests that states can build on their historical enactment of regulatory controls for products with potential health consequences to protect the public and especially young people from unsafe and mislabeled dietary supplements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)496-503
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Public Health Management and Practice
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Body modification
  • Dietary supplements
  • Law
  • Policy
  • State government

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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