Denver, CO – January 17, 2012 – As we ring in the New Year, many resolve to improve their health in 2012.
Consumers should beware of who they look to for help with this, however. In 2011, BBBs nationwide received more than 920 complaints against weight control services, more than 600 complaints against gyms and more than 3,150 complaints against health and diet food retailers.
Consumers have complained about deceptive advertising, ineffective products, and confusing or misleading contracts.
“Health and weight loss are major industries in the U.S. so unfortunately, there are some bad actors out there,” said Dale Mingilton, president and CEO of the BBB Serving Denver/Boulder. “It’s so important for consumers to be skeptical of programs and products that make unlikely promises.”
For consumers looking to shed pounds this year, we offer the following advice:
• Consult your physician. Before starting any weight loss regimen, visit your family doctor to discuss your overall health and safe and effective weight loss programs.
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