Misleading Weight loss products

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More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese (Centers for Disease Control http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html) .  Unfortunately because many people are trying to loose weight some companies take advantage of this and use deceptive advertising techniques to advertise their weight loss products.  They advertise weight loss products that promise quick results although there may not be evidence to actually support their claims. In response to this, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) began a law enforcement initiative in 2014 to stop national marketers that used deceptive advertising claims to peddle fad weight- loss products, from food additives and skin creams to dietary supplements (https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2014/12/federal-trade-commission-continues-crackdown-fad-weight-loss).

For this week’s discussion identify a weight loss diet or weight loss product that sounds “too good to be true”.  State the name of the diet or product, how it’s advertised and what it claims to do.  What concerns do you have with this diet or product?  Do you think it can live up to the claims that it makes?  Please do not repeat something another student has discussed. (Don't use any of these products - meratrim, apidren, orlistat, herbalif, lsagenix, hydroxycut, sensa, garcinia camogia, larios, engram, celsius calorie, xenadrine)

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