According to a new report by the Federal Trade Commission, about 5 million Americans fall for these scams each year, some of them buying more than one item. The products include dietary supplements, nonprescription drugs, skin patches, creams, wraps, and even earrings (yes, there are earrings that are supposed to suppress appetite). The marketers typically promise substantial, rapid, no-effort weight loss without dieting or exercise-guaranteed. The only thing you are guaranteed to lose is your money.
Source: University of California, Berkeley. Wellness Newsletter. Jan ’08.