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Dispelling Diet Myths. Joan G. Lytle, FDA NJ Public Affairs Specialist March 31, 2007. Confronting the Nation’s Obesity Problem (FDA Task Force)…. Focus on Food Labels “Calories Count” Campaign Working Cooperatively . Combat Obesity (“ Make Your Calories Count ”). Informative Labeling.

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Dispelling Diet Myths

Joan G. Lytle, FDA

NJ Public Affairs Specialist

March 31, 2007

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Confronting the Nation’s Obesity Problem (FDA Task Force)…

Focus on Food Labels

“Calories Count” Campaign

Working Cooperatively

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Combat Obesity (“ Force)…Make Your Calories Count”)

Informative Labeling

FDA’s Two Highest Priorities

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Dietary Supplements Force)…


  • Informed Choice


  • Adverse Reactions

  • www.cfsan.fda.gov

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  • 80 + billion dollar a year business

  • Unproven treatments for profit

  • Targets uneducated, those with illnesses, youth & elderly

  • Certain dangers

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Weight Loss Products Force)…

Tired of working out at the gym?

Body toning without effort!

Lose weight while you sleep!

Shed pounds by taking a pill!

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Weight Control Claims Force)…

“You won’t find weight loss in a bottle of pills that claims it has the latest scientific breakthrough or miracle ingredient” said FTC Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras. “Paying for fad science is a good way to lose cash, not pounds”. (1/04/07)

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Quick or “Easy” Fix Force)…

Scientific Breakthrough

Impressive Sounding Terms

Unproven Claims

Personal Testimonies

Sounds too good to be true

Signs and Signals

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How to protect yourself against Force)…Health Fraud:

  • Learn how to evaluate health-related claims (avoid products that offer quick or dramatic cures),

  • Recognize the “red flags”,

  • Seek out reliable sources of information and consult with a health care professional to make better-informed choices about your health.

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Resources: Force)…

  • FDA Consumer Magazine

  • Publications (easy- to-read & other languages fact sheets/brochures)

  • www.fda.gov

  • Electronic newsletters

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THANK YOU! Force)…

Joan Lytle

(732) 940-8946 X33

e-mail: [email protected]