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These Senators Just Scolded Mehmet Oz For Diet Scams


Senator Claire McCaskill recently testified on Capital Hill in Washington, DC. regarding Dr. Mehmet Oz. McCaskill asked why Oz never seemed to use his show to promote the actual, scientifically-proven ways to lose weight — healthy and disciplined eating along with exercise.

“I want to see all that floweriness, all that passion, about the beauty of a walk at sunset,” McCaskill said.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, is a celebrity doctor who often promotes weight-loss products on his syndicated television show. But several senators, along with McCaskill, said at a hearing about fake diet product ads, that the good doctor is part of the problem… a big part.

This hearing is a follow-up to the Federal Trade Commission’s crackdown, which began last January against diet products that simply do not do what they claim to.

A Missouri Senator, and a Democrat who chairs a Senate subcommittee on consumer protection, McCaskill said, “I don’t get why you need to say this stuff because you know it’s not true. So why, when you have this amazing megaphone…why would you cheapen your show by saying things like that?”

McCaskill claims Oz is a key element of many of these scams.

“When you feature a product on your show it creates what has become known as the ‘Dr. Oz Effect’ — dramatically boosting sales and driving scam artists to pop up overnight using false and deceptive ads to sell questionable products,’” she explained.

“While I understand that your message is occasionally focused on basics like healthy eating and exercise, I am concerned that you are melding medical advice, news, and entertainment in a way that harms consumers.”

But Oz said it’s all about entertainment. “When we write a script, we need to generate enthusiasm and engage the viewer,” Oz said in his defense.

“I actually do personally believe in the items I talk about on the show,” he continued. “I recognize that oftentimes they don’t have the scientific muster to pass as fact. I have given my family these products.”

The FTC says they started fighting fake diet scams back in the 1920s. But now, the FTC’s Mary Koelbel Engle says, the Internet and television make it a lot more difficult to combat fictitious products.

“For instance, within weeks of an April 2012 Dr. Oz Show touting green coffeebean extract as a miracle fat burning pill that works for everyone, the marketers of the Pure Green Coffee dietary supplement took to the Internet making overblown claims — like ‘lose 20 pounds in four weeks’ and ‘lose 20 pounds and two to four inches of belly fat in two to three months’ — for their dietary supplement,” she said.

“In the past 10 years, the Commission has brought 82 law enforcement actions challenging false or unsubstantiated claims about the efficacy of a wide variety of weight-loss products and services.”

4 Comments on "These Senators Just Scolded Mehmet Oz For Diet Scams"

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  1. Angel says:

    Ha! She’s a SENATOR and she DARES talk about “false advertising”?? Since when is this supposed “proven method” of diet and exercize gonna sell television shows? Since NEVER. Especially since it’s PROVEN to be the LEAST EFFECTIVE METHOD IN EXISTANCE as evidenced by the thousands who CAN’T keep this mythical “miracle diet” of so-called “hard work and discipline”. Now, those who CAN keep it, it’s fine but for those grossly obese patients who can’t I don’t think it’s fair to just BLAME them like that. I was 427 lbs and now I am 140 so I lost a lot of weight myself. But from experience I know what’s possible for some people and what’s not. It’s just not right for her to expect him to present something that hasn’t ever worked on his show instead of exciting new approaches that enliven his show and provide excitement and variety for his viewers. She’s a hypocrite!

  2. Angel says:

    And here is a lil graphic for those of you who won’t believe me about my radical weight loss. I never exercized a DAY in my life but it took me less than 2 years to lose that 270+ lbs and it’s been 6 years and I never gained a single pound back. In fact I run a risk of losing MORE and that’s no good at this point.

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