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“Obesity and the Holiday Overeating Ritual”

The holidays have come and gone and many of us have gained some undesirable pounds. What are we to do?  More than one in three American adults over 20 is obese, which is up from one in four, just 20 years ago.  Consequently, weight-loss supplement manufacturers, diet book authors and obesity doctors are going full steam ahead.  But, watch out for fraudulent claims, such as some made by Nutrisystem, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Sensa and others, because the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says that 15% of weight loss ads contain false claims or false information.  The FTC says, “There is little evidence that pills and supplements can help you lose a lot of weight.”  Cautions are also appropriate for creams or patches that promise rapid weight loss.

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