Doctors call for Weight Loss Industry Regulation
Governments should be regulating the diet industry, to help keep Canadians from falling prey to all the misleading claims of fad dieting, says this week's Canadian Medical Assiciation Journal.
"Although experts agree that obesity management requires long-term behavioural, medical or surgical intervention, the majority of commercial weight-loss providers manipulate vulnerable consumers with impunity, cultivating unrealistic expectations and false beliefs."
North Americans spend $50 billion a year on pills, potions, diets and programs promising nothing short of miraculous weight loss. "Before we can truly address the devastating obesity epidemic, we must first stem the centuries-old flow of snake oil," the editorial authors wrote.
"We call on governments to require formal accreditation of weight-loss providers to ensure quality and to provide consumers with an easily recognizable means of identifying evidence-based services."
Neither public health agencies nor the medical community are doing enough to solve the problem of obesity. Those suffering with obesity are often desperate for solutions and hence prone to exploitation. It's time we put an end to this nonsense.
Most Recommended Comment
Central of Jakarta, DKI-Jakarta, Indonesia