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Attorney General Morrisey Warns Consumers, No ‘Magic Pill’ Exists for Weight Loss

December 31st, 2019 by WCBC Radio

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey warned consumers to be cautious when evaluating ways to lose those extra pounds.
 
He notes there are no “magic pills” and those products that promise to provide a quick-fix solution may not be the healthiest choice for consumers or the best option for long-term results. Rather, he stresses weight loss will likely require a change in eating and lifestyle.
 
“Who among us doesn’t think about dropping a couple pounds at the beginning of a new year?” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Those making New Year’s resolutions right now look at various types of weight loss products in an effort to drop 10, 15, or 20 pounds. When they’re doing that, consumers must take time and research their options to make sure they lose weight in a healthy, legitimate and financially smart way.”
 
Consumers should avoid weight loss advertisements for miracle pills, creams, or drinks, others that guarantee permanent weight loss without lifestyle changes and those that promise results without diet or exercise.
 
Some weight-loss products, many of which are imported and sold online, have been found to be tainted with ingredients that have serious side effects, such as heart problems and strokes. While many natural dietary supplements are safe, some have been found to contain hidden active ingredients contained in prescription drugs.
 
For instance, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration issued 19 public notifications for tainted weight loss products in 2019. That is up from 11 in 2017 and 18 in 2018.
 
Consumers should also be wary of free trials and closely read terms and conditions for each offer. Some companies use free trials as an opportunity to sign up the consumer for additional products, which the consumer is billed for until cancellation.
 
The Attorney General also urged consumers to examine the fine print when considering gym memberships. Those looking to join a gym should visit the facility before doing so to see if it’s a good fit. They should carefully read every document before signing to ensure they know what they’re agreeing to and understand all the terms and conditions.
 
Additionally, businesses primarily involved in the selling of memberships that provide the members instruction in the program of physical exercise or provides the members use of its facilities, are required to be registered with the Attorney General’s Office.
 
Consumers with questions or who believe they have been the victim of a weight loss scam can contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808, the Eastern Panhandle Consumer Protection Office in Martinsburg at 304-267-0239 or visit the office online at www.wvago.gov.

 

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