Losing weight without diet or exercise right before summer sounds enticing, but Better Business Bureau warns that weight loss products weigh on consumers more than other types of fraud.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, roughly 5.1 million consumers in the U.S. purchased and used fraudulent weight loss products in 2011—totaling more victims than prize promotions, buyers’ clubs, Internet services and other complaint categories.
These fraudulent weight loss products include nonprescription drugs, dietary supplements, skin patches, creams, wraps or earrings.
BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington advises caution:
Before taking products or supplements, consult with a physician or registered dietician. Visit law.alaska.gov/consumer, oregonconsumer.gov or atg.wa.gov and check akorww.bbb.org for additional research and complaint resources.