In Malaysia, it was reported that some women in Terengganu were taking drug (especially syabu) to lose weight (Sunday Star 17 April 2011).
Syabu (methamphetamine) or pil kuda is believed to help women control their eating habits and reduce body weight.
A consultant plastic surgeon cautioned that those taking drug to shed a few kilograms could suffer fatigue, depression and increased blood pressure.
It could also lead to addiction.
Short-term adverse effects include seizures, palpitations, increased blood pressure and skin reaction.
Long-term adverse effects include psychosis and violent behaviour.
It is better to shake off the extra kilogram naturally, via exercise and taking low-protein food.