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Fittingly Mad: Diet Pill Commercials

Lately I have noticed that I cannot catch up on my TV shows without having to fast forward through a massive amount of diet pill and nutritional supplement commercials. I would not mind so much if they were not so obviously misleading, disturbingly false and oddly creepy.


Just the other day I saw something for Zetcap ($67/bottle) which not only calls itself the "first gastric bypass in a bottle" but also promotes its four minute workout video. I'm not kidding, four minutes. The claim was this: You take one to two Zetacap capsules before any meal, along with an eight ounce glass of water and within minutes (four minutes maybe) all the water you just drank will be absorbed to form a filling gel inside your stomach. I don't know about you but (minus the gel part) that sounds like one expensive bottle of fiber to me. I'll stick with my oatmeal and Kashi, thanks.

Am I the only one that sees the small print at the bottom while the ecstatic woman talks about her 200 pound weight loss in four months? Results not common or likely. Am I the only one seeing this? Who buys this stuff? Obviously, people are buying into it because more, and more commercials are popping up for new pills (NV, Anatrim, Xenical...). Not to mention that most of these pills and supplements, contrary to popular belief, have NOT been approved by the FDA -- Leaving us with no real assurance as to what they will do to our bodies long term. When are we going to realize that there is NO magic pill?

Just because I am on topic, you would think that these diet pill companies would have gotten the idea when ephedra was actually making people sick (and sometimes killing people). Or what about this commercial for the Ayds diet pill in the early 80s. The name turned out to be a rather unfortunate choice when the AIDS epidemic broke out later in the 80s, but it just proves how bad this industry really is.

Apparently I am not the only one upset with these pills, the FDA is not too pleased with them either.

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