HD2504 would prohibit the sale of dietary supplements for weight loss or muscle building to people younger than 18 years. Due to their stage of development, youth may be unable to weigh the harms linked with these products. Additionally, the bill would require supplements for weight loss or muscle building to be removed off the shelves to behind the counter. This will ensure that anyone wishing to purchase these supplements will first speak with a pharmacist about the possible harmful side effects associated with this category of supplements.
The use of supplements for weight loss and muscle building is associated with eating disorders and body dysmorphic disorder. One in 10 adolescents and young adults has ever used weight loss supplements and one in 10 has used muscle-building substances, including dietary supplements. An estimated 300,000 Massachusetts residents suffer from eating disorders. Eating disorders cut across race/ethnicity, gender, income, and level of education (this is a new bill).