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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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honeysugar28 honeysugar28 10 years
Losing weight is not easy I am addicted to diet pills too even though some of them don't work I feel like I won't gain weight at least if I take them. But its not as easy as stop eating bon bons you really have to give up most of your favorite foods or eat really small portions of them. The only way to keep this off is by excercising every day.
bobfet1 bobfet1 10 years
Until people get educated about these kinds of pills I think that we will continue to see them. I used to work in a drug store, and a lot of people would buy these pills. They are a big business since each bottle can sell for like $20-30. People just don't know how much these can really mess your body up, and will continue to buy them. Most either assume that they are safe and have gone through the same screening process as other things, or take the position that "they aren't drugs."
Juicy23 Juicy23 10 years
Gosh! I am soo sick of turning on my T.V. and seeing diet pill commercials! Is America really that lazy. Just get up and excersice, eat healthier, Just don't sit on your butt all day and have diet pills. I think it is ridiculous! JUST GET ACTIVE!
DStirk DStirk 10 years
ok now that i have read this i am totally conscious of all the diet pill commercials on.... i was watching something on the style network last night and every other commercial was a new diet pill one, so annoying. Blair, maybe you should see a doc so that you can work together to figure out how to get your body funtioning normally w/o the pills. good luck!
snowdaytoday snowdaytoday 10 years
Crap. Crap. All crap. I feel sorry for people who actually believe these stupid pills work. Woman cannot live on pills alone.
juliet juliet 10 years
To lose weight:
  1. Stop eating bon bons and eat a balanced diet instead
  2. Go to the gym
  3. Work out for at least 40 minutes (cardio and strength mix)
  4. Drink water instead of soda or sugary drinks
  5. Get 8 hours of sleep a night
That's it! grrrrrrrr I hate when companies try to front like you can just pop a pill and sit on your ass. Every time I think of diet pills I think of that scene from Requiem for a Dream where the grandmother goes crazy from taking diet pills (which were really just speed) yuck!
yayita yayita 10 years
LOL sticky, I agree.. it is your fault for being fat and no one elses
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
I love that Lipozene (sp?) commercial that says if you're overweight "It's not your fault". BS, me and Taco Bell earned every damned pooch and pound on my body. Diet pills annoy me, although I have bought Dexatrim in the past to combat caffeine headaches. That's about all they're good for.
blair20 blair20 10 years
I've been addicted to diet pills for 4 years now. I started using them when I was 12, but didn't become addicted until I was 17. I just recently stopped, since my heart would act really weird when I would take them. I haven't been able to have normal BMs since. My body has become so dependent on these things that I cant' function normally without them. Luckily I have been eating tons of fiber and that seems to help a bit. It'll fix itself over time, but these are all fads and please stay away from them!!!
yayita yayita 10 years
do you think any of it may work LOL :p
Running-Bunny Running-Bunny 10 years
I saw on CNN that there was a study for one of the weight loss pills that was fined and the group on the weight loss pill lost 1.5 pounds and the group on the placebo lost 2.5 pounds....interesting. Sorry I can't remember the length of time it was in, but both were studied together. I thought that that was extremely interesting. I hate the idea of diet pills, people should workd hard and not look for a quick fix. If it comes off quickly then it can come back on just as fast. Nice and slow weight loss lasts.
M155-J4CK13 M155-J4CK13 10 years
And yes, there really is a 'magic pill', per se. -But it requires a prescription.
M155-J4CK13 M155-J4CK13 10 years
All over-the-counter diet pills are a waste of money. Prescription diet pills are really the only things that work effectively.
summer-roberts summer-roberts 10 years
I have a friend who will buy just about anything for weight loss. In the last 2 years she has gone through every thing on the store shelves and never shed more than 5 pounds, just to gain it back. I just think of all the wasted money she could have put towards the gym membership she says she can't afford.
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