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Xenical – a pile of sh*t? (literally!)

Fat Heffalump and awesomefrances on Twitter (Corpulent) linked to this ad recently. I feel I have to say something about it too, seeing as I had the exact same WTF reaction.


Seriously, WTF?
Does this seem utterly bizzare to any one else? Surely this has to be a parody. SURELY. According to the ad, one can’t be a nurse, naked in the snow (wow, I don’t need use of my body parts, now that they’ve been frozen off), know love or, um, be shot in front of a firing squad (W.T.F.) unless they’re thin. The way to get thin? Oh, just take some Xenical.

Shall we discuss some possible side effects of this weight loss drug? (from
– • oily spotting in your undergarments;
– • oily or fatty stools;
– • orange or brown colored oil in your stool;
– • gas with discharge, an oily discharge;
– • loose stools, or an urgent need to go to the bathroom, inability to control bowel movements;
– • an increased number of bowel movements;
– • stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rectal pain; or
– • weakness, dark urine, clay-colored stools, itching, loss of appetite, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)

HOT. I sure want to risk those side effects for the chance to be skinny.

I hate that the ad seems to think that a person can’t do those things unless they’re skinny. I hate that it’s marketed towards women. I think it sends an extremely dangerous message and exploits the fastfastfast nownownow mentality that society seems to have nowadays.

There are healthier alternatives to taking a drug. Especially one with such, frankly, gross side effects. If one has the inclination, the resources and the access, one can choose a form of exercise they want to do, and would enjoy doing. One can choose to eat as healthily as they can. It doesn’t have to have a focus on weight loss, I don’t advocate healthy eating and exercise purely for weight loss. For myself, it’s great for my mental health, but I don’t profess to know the health (both mental and physical) of anyone but myself. But if I had the alternative, I know what I’d choose in a heartbeat and it wouldn’t involve carrying a spare set of knickers with me everywhere I go, just in case.

3 thoughts on “Xenical – a pile of sh*t? (literally!)

  1. My doctor gave me a trial of this stuff a few years ago (not sure if the drug has the same name). I had to wear sanitary pads backwards because oily poo stains your clothes and smells terrible!

    It’s a punishment for eating fatty foods and “trains” you to eat more healthily so you don’t have “accidents”.

    Needless to say, I didn’t continue with it beyond the trial period.

  2. Thanks for the link love!

    Anything that causes orange, foul smelling, oily anal seepage is not going to come within miles of my body. I’d rather be fat any day than deal with that!

  3. No worries, Kath!

    Oh dear, hearing the (very graphic!!) descriptions makes me wonder why anyone would put themselves through something like that, just to lose a few kilos. I can’t say I’d have much of a social life left if I constantly were having those sort of problems!

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