Senators Scold Dr. Oz For Weight-Loss Scams

On Tuesday, a Senate panel interviewed celebrity physician Dr. Mehmet Oz regarding his claims of various “miracle” weight loss cures, despite little scientific evidence of many of these claims. Senators criticized the physician during a hearing on false diet-product ads, saying Oz indirectly perpetuated ad scams by promoting the products on his television show, “The Dr. Oz Show.” Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon, acknowledged that he featured products on his show but said that he never endorsed specific companies or brands. Oz insisted that he believes in the supplements, calling himself a “cheerleader” for his audience. According to a 2001 FTC consumer survey, there are more victims of fraudulent weight-loss products than any of the other specific frauds surveyed.

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