Dispelling Diet Myths Joan G. Lytle, FDA NJ Public Affairs Specialist March 31, 2007
Confronting the Nation’s Obesity Problem (FDA Task Force)… Focus on Food Labels “Calories Count” Campaign Working Cooperatively
Combat Obesity (“Make Your Calories Count”) Informative Labeling FDA’s Two Highest Priorities
Dietary Supplements • DSHEA • Informed Choice • FDA/FTC • Adverse Reactions • www.cfsan.fda.gov
HEALTH FRAUD • 80 + billion dollar a year business • Unproven treatments for profit • Targets uneducated, those with illnesses, youth & elderly • Certain dangers
Weight Loss Products Tired of working out at the gym? Body toning without effort! Lose weight while you sleep! Shed pounds by taking a pill!
Weight Control Claims “You won’t find weight loss in a bottle of pills that claims it has the latest scientific breakthrough or miracle ingredient” said FTC Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras. “Paying for fad science is a good way to lose cash, not pounds”. (1/04/07)
Quick or “Easy” Fix Scientific Breakthrough Impressive Sounding Terms Unproven Claims Personal Testimonies Sounds too good to be true Signs and Signals
How to protect yourself against Health Fraud: • Learn how to evaluate health-related claims (avoid products that offer quick or dramatic cures), • Recognize the “red flags”, • Seek out reliable sources of information and consult with a health care professional to make better-informed choices about your health.
Resources: • FDA Consumer Magazine • Publications (easy- to-read & other languages fact sheets/brochures) • www.fda.gov • Electronic newsletters
THANK YOU! Joan Lytle (732) 940-8946 X33 e-mail: email@example.com