Love the article. It makes me sick to see all these commercials for weightloss miracles. And it is even sadder that people fall for it, because they promise and easy and fast fix.
8/24/2011 6:56:59 PM
Bravo!! I hate to see people fall for the many, many weight-loss scams perpetrated on us by countless hucksters - especially on the 'net. Kudos for mentioning Dr. Barrett here; he's got a keen eye for quackery of every stripe and has been a reliable guide for me in those (shark-infested) waters.
Dr Barrett is fantastic. Google Quackwatch and read his site for lots more info about the scams that are rife in our world. It pays to be a skeptic.
4/12/2011 9:12:33 AM
I agree with most of what was written, and it makes a lot of sense that when something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. But I have to say that there is something to the fact that pharmaceutical companies don't/won't invest in anything they can't patent, or make money from. So it is possible that there are natual cures, that these companies don't want you to know about, because they can't profit from it. Case in point... why is it only in the last couple of years that doctors finally agree that Vitamin D helps to fight cancer and many other illnesses... maybe because it's free?
I'm ashamed to say I tried the acai berry & colon detox. They didn't work. Luckily, I didn't have a bad reaction to the pills, also the company I dealt with were very hel[pful when I wanted to cancel the deliveries & charges on my credit card. I was lucky, I won't do something so stupid again. Eat in a healthful way & try to move your body as much as possible. There's mo easy way to lose weight, except hard work & changing your eating habits. Thanks for all the articles---. adooresw
3/18/2011 10:02:16 AM
Another scam: Women's Health Digest diet study. I've done some mystery shopping, so I thought this was similar - try the products, write a daily comment about it, etc. They never paid, never acknowledged receipt of my materials, didn't pay for the 'supplements' and ignored a contact from BBB. I'm poorer, and I hope we can all be wiser! Don't be tempted. It's another of those acai credit card scams. I had to get the credit card company to change the number to stop the charges!
it always makes me feel weird when I see an ad that talks about So and So lost 25 lbs in 2 weeks. All I can think of is "how can that be healthy? how can they show that on TV where kids can see it?:" Lucky for me my kids laughed at the ad and asked me "does anyone really believe that would work?"
1/17/2011 3:13:30 PM
I remember, years ago, there was a belt that sent an electrical current to your abs, causing the muscles to constrict, release, and thusly, become toned...supposedly. I also remember, shortly after these commercials started, seeing something on some video show (America's Funniest? Though this wasn't funny at all), where one of the belts shorted out and shocked the user.
I also LOVE the new Slim Fast tagline: "Who has time to slim slowly?" That ought to be a HUGE clue that its unsustainable.
When I tell people I'm losing weight, and how I'm doing it, they seem a little disappointed when I tell them its nothing but old fashioned diet and exercise.
P T Barnum said it all. "There's a sucker born every minute". It's as if we think that there is some secret our doctor doesn't know. Ha! I look back at my younger years and think of the stupid things I suckered for. Most were not harmful (thank goodness), just harmful to my bank account. Books written by quacks are plentiful: can't sue them--free speech, you know. I remember some pills years ago that had tapeworm eggs in them. Yikes.
Everyone loves the lure of a "quickie" result, and many people are vulnerable to buying so-called "solutions" that market themselves as providing "quick results".
FACT: In the case of weight loss, it simply isn't actually feasible: the weight didn't go on "overnight", neither will it come off "overnight".
(Note: for those so-called "solutions" that are actually "super-low-calorie diets", one should NEVER throw one's body into "starvation" mode - that's a guaranteed recipe for stalling out and weight REGAIN.)
Also, the ONLY REAL WAY to actually KEEP the weight off after losing it is adopting a lifestyle change of eating less/more wisely and exercising more, as well as acknowledging that as one grows older, maintenance also means dropping one's average caloric intake by a (small!) amount each year.
THAT IS REALITY. It's not "harsh", it's just fact.
I agree! My question is, why do the powers-that-be allow the commercials? We stopped the tobacco companies from putting advertisements on TV, radio, and BillBoards, and in magazines. So why do we allow these scam artists and theives to continue pounding us with unhealthy money-losing, self-loathing commercials?
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