Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Drink Coffee to Lose Weight!

Coffee Break
Originally uploaded by bitzcelt
Despite the fact that they apparently advertised everywhere, I some how missed the amazing Slim Coffee. If I had known that I could lose weight just by drinking coffee infused with hoodia, I would have been all over that. I mean come on people! Who doesn't want to lose weight without changing their eating habits?

Oh wait, that sounds like a scam, doesn't it?

Thankfully, the Federal Trade Commission thought so as well. Under a proposed settlement with Diet Coffee, Inc., the makers of Slim Coffee, the company is forbidden "from claiming that any product enables users to lose substantial weight without reducing caloric intake or increasing physical activity." The settlement also contains nearly a million dollars in monetary damages, but those have been suspended because the defendant is unable to pay.

The company advertised their snake oil on popular television networks, radio stations and in newspapers. That just serves as a reminder that some ad-supported businesses care more about their revenue than the well-being of their customers.

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