Associate Director of the Federal Trade Commission, Mary Koelbel Engle, asserted on Tuesday that the weight loss industry is an area in which consumers are especially vulnerable to fraud. Congress is currently making attempts to crack down on fraudulent weight loss products, recently focusing on a green coffee extra produced by a Florida company.
Appearing in these hearings has been Dr. Mehmet Oz (or simply, Dr. Oz), known for his daytime talk show focusing on weight loss. Scolded in front of the consumer protection panel, Dr. Oz admitted the language he has used in the past to describe the effects of certain products has been “flowery.”
To not have the conversation about supplements at all, however, would be a disservice to the viewer,” Oz said in a prepared statement after the hearing. “In addition to exercising an abundance of caution in discussing promising research and products in the future, I look forward to working with all those present today in finding a way to deal with the problems of weight loss scams.”
The Senate panel will continue to look into products promising consumers easy weight-loss, and hopes to develop a list of supplements proven to aide in losing weight with the assistance of Dr. Oz. However, it is recommended that consumers consult their primary care doctor and/or nutritionist should they desire to lose weight.
Read more here- “Senate Reprimands TV Show Host Dr. Oz for Promoting Fraudulent Weight Loss Products,” (Sandra Levy, HealthLine)
Olivia is a graduate of Villanova University where she studied Economics and History, minoring in Gender and Women's Studies. She also has experience working with federal legislatures on health care policy, women's issues, and Internet safety.