Bogus diet products and programs rank No. 1 among health care scams reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), accounting for nearly a third of such complaints in the first three quarters of 2020.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has made it worse
Yes, the Diet Industry’s false advertising and programming and weight-loss scams are hitting new heights with Covid-19 as a catalyst. The psychological and physical stress that the pandemic has put on all of us and has made navigating weight management even more difficult. That is why more than ever we need to be super aware of the products, services and programs that guarantee simple weight-loss solutions. With millions of people hyper-focused on weight and health, businesses around the world see an opportunity for exposure and higher profits.
So the question we all need to ask is – is the weight loss solution that is being offered, truly science based and credible? If you are concerned about being ripped off, here are a few tips in your pursuit for healthy and proven weight management.
How to Recognize an Advertising Scam
Many weight loss products advertise that they can help you lose weight in a certain area of your body. .. so you ‘can feel your best.’ It is widely accepted that to see change in your target areas, the best way is to combine a healthy diet with exercise that includes both aerobic and muscle-strengthening workouts.
If you can’t find research about a product or program, but they only advertise personal testimonials..that’s a red flag. So many of these are made up and fiction but perfect for advertising.
Then there is the ’don’t worry you can eat anything you want and still lose weight’ messaging. Balanced eating is central to all science based programs… eating nutritious food is key to having good health.
Of course we can not forget the exaggerated messaging.. like ‘breakthrough treatment’ or ‘first of its kind., or even guaranteeing quick and easy weight-loss. Beware!
At Obesity Matters, we understand that there is no “right” body size, and even if there were, it’s not attainable to whomever does the “right” thing (or whatever weight loss trend may be viewed as “right.”)
“There is zero research out there that shows any weight loss plan or product helps people achieve weight loss [and maintain it] over a two to five year period,” says Matz. “If there was something that was sustainable for the majority of people, we would all know about it.”
Obesity Matters has support, community and advocacy programs to keep you up to date and keep you away from scam weight loss programs that are bilking millions of dollars every year from consumers just like you. We recommend you find a weight management program that works for you.. building your confidence and keeping you healthy. It will save you money, time, and add to your wellbeing.
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