It’s a style many girls crave, but some will have to take “crazy” length to get it.
In recent years, people like Kim Kardashian, sister Kylie Jenner and rapper Cardi B, have helped form a new ideal body – “thick and thin.”
It was their standard hourglass figure, with a tiny waist supported by large breasts, toned thighs and a pair of huge buttocks, making many influencers and young women crave.
It is difficult to achieve results without intense exercise or plastic surgery, women are turning to an appetite stimulant drug called Apetamin instead, which they believe will be one. Easy way to get the sexy look they desire.
Apetamine comes in a syrup form and is not licensed for sale in the UK but can be easily sold online and according to a BBC Three investigation, in UK stores.
And it can have serious consequences.
“I collapsed on the street”
One woman who took Apetemin said: “I collapsed on the street and they took me to the hospital. I went to college and the same thing happened again, when I was hospitalized again.
“I denied. I took it again and I collapsed downstairs at home. Apetamin is the devil.”
The woman appeared in the BBC Three documentary, Danger Curve: Getting Thicc, Sick? , which was released on iPlayer on Wednesday, April 21, jumped from 8th 7lbs to 13th in just three months since taking the supplement.
She has an Apetamin “ink” that is illegal in the UK when she asks for it at a chemist.
She said, “They looked at me like I was crazy. So I went to an African store to sell it.”
Influencers, including documentary hosts and models Altou MvuamaHaving praised its qualities on social media, promoting the product to followers as a quick way to gain massive breasts and a dashing figure.
Altou, 19, says that although she typically has a naturally slim figure, she still orders McDonald’s to deliver “every day” when taking her appetite stimulant.
“You can see the sway!”
In the video she now deeply regrets, Altou wears a body suit and holds the camera close to her stomach, saying: “You can see the sway.”
She even said: “It said you have to talk to your medical advisor but I didn’t do that.”
Altou was investigating the issue as she was toying with the idea of using Apetamin again, although saying that she “fell asleep on my desk” when she last used it.
Her deceased mother, who suffered from hemophilia sickle cell anemia, fell into a coma while she was drinking syrup many years ago.
Since Altou’s mother passed away last year, Altou is now the breadwinner of the family, responsible for paying the family bills and taking care of her sister.
“It’s a really competitive world out there, and sometimes people do crazy things to stand out from the crowd,” she said.
“Serious money-making girls have curves.”
As part of the program, Altou visited the personal coaches Ed and Chi now ZygostaticsThe one who told her the only way to achieve a look like Kylie Jenner was to work hard at the gym.
Amazingly, Ed, who is also a pharmacist, said he met young girls as young as 12 years old who had tried Apetamin.
One woman Altou met, who gained the second gain in a month and a half on drugs, said: “I kept falling and stumbling. I slept all the time.
“I couldn’t even write my name on a piece of paper, my hand was shaking to that point.”
And a third woman – none of whom were on the show – said: “I even got an eye pain when I woke up. My feet started to swell, I had to change slippers during one night out.”
Altou discovered that something worse had happened in America.
An influencer called AshaGrand uploaded CCTV footage of a car crashing into a stopped car at high speed. She titled for the video: “I almost lost my life while taking Apetamin.“
Dr. Victoria Garland, who wrote an article about buying body enhancement pills online, reported seeing a previously healthy 40-year-old woman with fatigue, upset stomach and six-week jaundice after starting to use Apetamin.
The woman took Apetamin to “lift her body” after seeing it on social media.
Marketed as a vitamin
“It’s hard to know what will happen,” Dr. Gardland said. “She could have had complete liver failure if she continued.
“What worries me is the way it’s marketed as a vitamin supplement implies that it’s safe and natural. There are no studies on Apetamine and how it may affect a person.”
Apetamin is manufactured by an Indian pharmaceutical company, TIL Healthcare. It has not been approved for safe consumption by Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority.
It contains cyproheptadine hydrochloride, a sedative antihistamine used for allergies that is sold by prescription only in the UK.
On the package, there is a dosage guide for adults and children under two years of age.
Thin people on Apetamin
The Sun’s doctor, Carol Cooper, warns women not to dwell on quick remedies that can have harmful side effects.
“Overeating leads to more fat accumulation around the belly than anywhere else,” she said.
“Kim Kardashian’s body is genetic, and the weight gain won’t give you that look.
“Furthermore, Apetamine syrup is potentially risky. The main ingredient is an antihistamine that is only prescribed by prescription. Cyproheptadine often causes drowsiness and can also cause aggression, irregular heartbeat, confusion, and even some other health problems.” is an illusion.
“All of these side effects can be fatal, especially behind the wheel.
The other ingredients are lysine, a building block of proteins and a mixture of vitamins. They are usually harmless in small doses.
“However, taking too much is a different story. For example, nicotinamide often has few side effects, but too much can cause liver problems.
People who use drugs hoping to look like someone else are wasting their money and risking their health. “
It is mainly sold in Africa and Central and South America, but Altou easily finds it on vendor sites like Depop and even Amazon. Depop told the BBC that unlicensed products like Apetamin would be scrapped, while Amazon had “taken action against the sellers in question.”
A quick search by The Sun found it promoted and available on social media sites.
YouTube told the BBC that any content that violated its guidelines would be removed and Instagram said it had removed accounts that had “our attention”.
Altou also found stimulants sold in stores in London, including in butchers.
At some point, a bottle costs only £ 5.99.
She was shown on the scene secretly asking two cashiers if the product caused weight gain and they both said “Yes”. The stores declined to comment when the BBC approached them for a response.
The MHRA told the BBC that taking “unauthorized drugs” could have “serious health consequences.” It is currently investigating the sale of Apetamin.
Drug dealers will only get a “wrist slap”
One way it got to Britain was by drug dealers, who transport such “lifestyle drugs” knowing they could not afford to go to jail.
Dr. Alexandra Hall, “With the illegal drugs in the lifestyle, there are so many gray areas that it can be really difficult,” said a criminologist at Northumbria University.
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“Some people who have been involved in the cocaine trade have turned to counterfeiting drugs. If you are caught for a live drug, you will probably get a slap on the wrist.”
As for Altou, the making of the movie made her decide against Apetamin once more.
She said: “It’s really sad to think that there are girls who are in danger of their lives to look at a certain aspect.
“You’re not going to get that perfect look, it’s not realistic unless you have surgery. You’re endangering yourself.”
Danger Curve: Getting Thicc, Sick? broadcast on BBC Three on April 21.