A commenter over at CBS News sums up the side effects quite efficiently:
‘Gas with oily discharge’??? Isn’t that also known as crapping your pants?
Why yes, yes it is. The Alli literature recommends that you bring a change of pants to work with you. For real. WHERE DO I GET SOME OF THAT?
From the article he links to:
Wendy Reid, a 57-year-old Tallahassee, Fla., resident visiting Southern California, said she had no qualms about taking alli. “I’ve read about it completely,” said Reid, carrying her purchase out of the Rite Aid in Santa Monica.
Deeply tan from her daily regimen of tennis, she nonetheless has 15 extra pounds she says she gained since she hit menopause. She shrugged off the possibility of side effects. “I thought I would just deal with them,” Reid said. “So far it’s been proven safe.”
Tall and athletic, she said it’s not about what other people think of her frame. “My husband thinks I’m silly, everyone thinks I’m silly. But I want to be the skinny self I always was.”
There you have it, folks. Losing the “last 15 pounds” is a bigger priority than not crapping your pants.
Because, you know, being fat is unhealthy.