"Lose 40 pounds in 4 weeks": Regulating commercial weight-loss programs

Freedhoff, Yoni; Sharma, Arya M.
February 2009
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;2/17/2009, Vol. 180 Issue 4, p367
Academic Journal
The author reflects on the weight-loss industry in North America. He states that the commercial weight-loss advertisements provide manipulative claims of products and programs, despite the persistence of obesity in the community. He highlights the need to regulate weight-loss claims which present hazard in public health. He conveys that physicians, governments and public health departments must share medical and moral obligations to protect consumers from suspicious weight-loss claims.


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