Dr. Oz, the TV talk show host testified today in a Senate hearing on the deceptive practices of the dieting industry, specifically the diet supplement industry. He confirmed that he backed “miracle” weight loss products, that he inadvertently “provided fodder for unscrupulous advertisers.”
Sen. Claire McCaskill told “CBS This Morning” that she believes Oz is fueling the diet industry with unscientific claims by even promoting these “miracle” weight loss supplements on his show.
McCaskill also pointed out that TV programs such as “The Dr. Oz Show” need to do a better job of weeding out advertisers that make claims that are not supported by scientific fact.
On his show in May 2012, Oz promoted a product named green coffee bean extract. After the show aired, a company in Florida sold half a million bottles of the pills. The Federal Trade Commission then filed a lawsuit against the company for false advertising.
“I’ve got no problem with celebrity endorsements of any product but I do have a problem when a science-based doctor says something is a miracle when there’s no science to back it up,” McCaskill told CBS News’ Nancy Cordes.
Dr. Oz was put on the defensive by McCaskill when he claimed that he simply tries to encourage the use of these products to kick-start weight loss.
I have a lot of problems with Dr. Oz and I have a lot of problems with the dieting industry. They’re both fueled by profits and don’t care what they have to do to get your money. Dr. Oz and the dieting industry are the equivalent of snake oil salesmen. My question to the Senate is, are you going to do something about regulating the dieting industry better? I’m not just talking about the supplement industry but all of the dieting industry that has been selling us product that is harmful to our bodies.
Look at all the processed food diets like Jenny Craig or the “low fat” products from Weight Watchers. How about testing those foods harmful chemicals and ingredients before we have to get emergency surgery. How about we look into the deceptive practices of every weight loss company. No one is looking out for the consumer of dieting products or who visit these weight loss centers and clinics. People are literally dying to be thin out there and we’re doing nothing about it. The Senate and the FDA should make it their goal to see that the dieting industry is regulated.
I’m glad the Senate is at least waking up to the problem. Busting Dr. Oz and the supplement companies is a good start but we need to go after the dieting industry as a whole. It’s time to stand up and fight back, that is why I created this blog.