New Hyde Park, New York – A new study shows that teens can easily access the OTC supplements that are potentially dangerous, despite being warned off by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). These supplements are readily available without any prescription in most of the health food stores across the country, although the labels read ‘only for adult use’.

The health experts are more concerned at the finding that reveals that the staff members at the health stores recommended specific products meant only for adults.


The supplements do not have to follow FDA regulations. However, the AAP has been recommending against using body-shaping supplements in teenagers under 18 years. Moreover, it is illegal for the teenagers to buy such products in around 49 American states.

Dr. Ruth Milanaik and Dr. Andrew Adesman, at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center, New Hyde Park, New York, recently conducted the study.

During the study, 15-year-old girls and boys were asked to call 244 health food stores across 49 states in America. These stores included both large-chain and independently owned outlets. The study was carried out to evaluate whether any of the staff members would recommend the health products to the minor. The evaluation was presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies meet in San Diego on April 26, 2015.

Who is the Culprit?

In his statement, Milanaik said that the past studies reveal high incidences of minors using such products irrespective of the fact whether they are athletes or not. According to her, the people who make available such adult supplements to the minors should be aware of the possible dangers they can cause.

The findings also reveal that teens with a pessimistic attitude towards their body, including those who are diagnosed with the dysmorphic body disorder are mostly the teenagers using these supplements. When hoards of advertisements keep on hammering the effectiveness of a particular cream or lotion to provide flawless or fair skin, the first one to succumb is the vulnerable teenage mind.

The aggressive marketing should strictly carry a message that would stop the teenagers from using such health supplements.

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