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FTC collects $34 million from marketers of unproven weight loss products

...government's settlement with California-based Sensa is part of a broader crackdown on four companies peddling weight-loss products.The FTC will also collect $7.3 million from LeanSpa, a company that promotes acai berry and "colon cleanse...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-01-07/ftc-collects-34-million-ma
Herbalife says it is facing civil inquiry from FTC; shares plunge after halt

...Cayman Islands and based in Los Angeles, uses a network of distributors to sell its nutritional supplements and weight-loss products globally.The FTC inquiry comes just a day after hedge fund manager William Ackman renewed his attacks on the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-03-12/herbalife-says-it-facing-c
How to spot deceptive diet ads

...and the media spot deceptive weight-loss products. The goal is to prevent consumers...Ads for so-called miracle weight loss products are often empty promises...companies accused of selling phony weight-loss products. On the Net: Federal Trade...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/12/10/fin_390070.shtml
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U.S. charges four under new law against 'spam' e-mails

...Detroit. They were accused of disguising their identities in hundreds of thousands of sales pitches for fraudulent weight-loss products and delivering e-mails by bouncing messages through unprotected relay computers on the Internet. Chung and...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/04/30/liv_413956.shtml
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Demand for obesity surgery increasing as population gets fatter

...obese patients, that they have severe difficulties in reducing weight by diet and exercise and some of the current weight loss products," Astrup said. "The major problem is that out there, the possibility of getting professional help is not very...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/06/01/liv_417463.shtml
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Dieticians encourage changing life habits

...doctor is telling them they're overweight, there are 8 million different commercials for weight-loss drugs and weight-loss products, how am I possibly going to achieve my ideal body? That seems like it might take desperate measures." Mary...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2008/01/05/met_179311.shtml
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People in the News

...SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court cleared former baseball star Steve Garvey of wrongdoing for hawking weight-loss products on TV that makers claimed would work even if users eat fatty foods. A judge in 2002 had cleared Garvey of wrongdoing...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/09/06/ent_427706.shtml
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Save money with Flexible Spending Accounts

...without prescription earlier this year. There remains some confusion, however, over what's covered, he said. Weight-loss products or vitamins probably aren't unless specifically prescribed by a doctor, he said. "If consumers have questions...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/10/13/fin_396798.shtml
Finance
Capsules

...said Michael Menaker, a biologist who worked on the new research. Dietary flap The makers of the purported weight-loss products Fat Trapper and Exercise in a Bottle will pay $10 million in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission that...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2000/05/11/liv_288222.shtml
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Survey: 70 precent of dieters go it alone with no doctor

...for Glaxo. If people failed in the past, "they didn't try long enough and effectively enough," he said. Weight-loss products form an enormous industry, gobbling up a billion dollars a year, the Federal Trade Commission estimates. Nearly...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/11/07/liv_103480.shtml
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