Addressing Eating Disorders And The Sale Of Weight Loss Pills And Muscle Building Supplements To Minors
Over-the-counter (OTC) diet pills and muscle-building dietary supplements are a multi-billion dollar industry in the US, but due to lax regulation, these products are often laced with dangerous, undisclosed ingredients and are not medically recommended. The industry targets marginalized communities, and there are no restrictions on sale to children. In response, a youth-led research and policy group helped to organize advocacy campaigns in New York, California, and Massachusetts to support legislation in each state to ban the sale of these predatory products to minors. The poster will describe the different youth advocacy methods used.