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Weight Loss Schemes Increasing

Weight Loss Schemes Increasing - The Beacon


By: Amanda

Weight Loss Schemes Increasing

We’ve all seen or heard the ads on the radio, television or in newspapers.  “Lose Weight Guaranteed.”  “These pills can melt away the fat.”  “You can shed pounds without giving up your favorite foods!”  “You don’t have to exercise!”  While we all may wish these claims were true, medical science has yet to come up with a magic pill, potion or device for weight loss. Some pills may help to control appetite, but they may also have serious side effects. Many weight loss promotions may only thin your wallet, not your figure.

Before committing to any weight loss product or program, check with your physician, a qualified nutritionist and/or a registered dietitian. Also check the offer out with the Better Business Bureau or the Food and Drug Administration if you have questions about an advertised product.

The FDA and your BBB have these suggestions for consumers looking for weight loss products.  Consumers should be wary of:

1) promises of quick action such as “lose 10 pounds in one week;”

2) the use of the word “guaranteed” or “scientific breakthrough;”

3) products that are labeled or marketed in a foreign language;

4) products that are marketed through mass email;

5) products that are marketed as an herbal alternative to an FDA-approved drug or as having effects similar to prescription drugs;

6) the use of high pressure sales tactics and one time only offers; and/or

7) testimonials that are vaguely worded and cannot be verified.

For more information on weight loss offers, you may wish to view the FDA’s webpage on Weight Loss Fraud.  You can view that here. As always, keep in mind, if the promotion or plan sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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Amanda is the Director of Bureau Affairs and is a regular contributor to the consumer education blog. She is one of our go-to colleagues for answering complex consumer inquires. Amanda also manages our charity reporting program.