Weight loss products too good to be true, TGA warns

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) both issued warnings this month about weight loss products they considered too good to be true or just plain dangerous, sold by vendors who were “experts at preying on people’s vulnerabilities”.

“At the beginning of every year, the ACCC receives an increase in contacts from the public about weight loss scams,” ACCC deputy chair Dr Michael Schaper (PhD) said.

“Scammers… try and take advantage of people’s good intentions to improve their health in the new year. Unfortunately, if you fall for [weight loss scams] the only place you will feel lighter is your wallet.”

Signs of a scam included unusual or restrictive diets, “revolutionary” exercise regimes, “fat-busting” devices or “breakthrough” pills, patches or creams. Products were advertised online or via mail