U.S. Senate panel scolds TV's Dr. Oz over diet claims
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 01:39
June 17 - A U.S. Senate panel probing bogus diet product ads took celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz to task Tuesday for touting weight-loss products on his TV show. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: A U.S. Senate panel probing bogus diet product ads took celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz to task on Tuesday for touting weight-loss products on his syndicated television show.
Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, the chairwoman of the Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection, said Oz had a role in perpetuating weight-loss fraud through his show.
Oz, the host of "The Dr. Oz Show," said the products gave people hope to keep trying to lose weight. Nearly 70 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, and he said the No. 1 topic asked about on his website was weight loss.
A 2011 FTC survey of consumer fraud showed more consumers were victims of bogus weight-loss products than any other frauds covered by the survey, she said.
Americans were forecast to spend $2.4 billion on weight-loss services last year, and the figure was expected to rise to $2.7 billion in 2018, she said.
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