Choice reveals ‘irresponsible’ weight loss chains’ advice

Using three shadow shoppers Choice was able to compare information imparted by leading weight loss chains Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Cohen’s Lifestyle Clinic and Weight Control Doctor.

“The main priority seems to be to sign people up and get their money rather than devising a credible weight loss plan that will help them,” Choice spokesperson Ingrid Just said.

The Cohen clinic told one of the shadow shoppers, who was of healthy BMI, that she could expect to lose about seven kilos in two weeks, not to bother with exercise, and that she had symptoms of ‘obesity syndrome’ such as