Massachusetts

Thank you Massachusetts Representative Khan and Senator Rush for being champions of bills to protect young people from dangerous weight loss and muscle-building supplements.

Introduced by Massachusetts Representative Kay Khan and Senator Michael Rush in the 2021-2022 Massachusetts legislative session, An Act protecting children from harmful diet pills and muscle-building supplements (H.2331/S.1525), would protect kids from dangerously underregulated over-the-counter diet pills and muscle-building supplements by restricting the sale to adults 18 years or older.

Helpful materials on MA H.2331/S.1525:

MA bill and campaign to ban the sale of over-the-counter diet pills & muscle-building supplements to minors in the news:

    • Boston Globe article on the importance of this bill: “Dietary supplements, largely unregulated, deserve the state’s skepticism”
    • WGBH Greater Boston segment on Rep. Khan’s 2017 iteration of this bill
    • Check out the coverage from our November 2019 Eating Disorders & Body Confidence Advocacy Day. Advocates joined STRIPED, Jameela Jamil, activist and founder of I Weigh, Rep. Kay Khan, MEDA, NEDA, My Power People, and Be Real USA for a sensational day as we educated Massachusetts lawmakers from across the state about eating disorders and advocated in support of Massachusetts House bill to ban the sale of over-the-counter diet pills & muscle-building supplements to minors.
    • In Spring 2020, Massachusetts youth surveyed nearly 500 of their peers across the state about weight-loss and muscle-building supplements. The youth uncovered alarming information on use of weight-loss and muscle-building supplements by minors. See the full results of the Massachusetts Youth Survey on Weight Loss and Muscle-building Supplements here.
        • Check out the press release about this youth-led survey here.

Want to get involved with the Out of Kids’ Hands Campaign in Massachusetts? Contact us at STRIPED@hsph.harvard.edu