Ever been tempted to buy “Magic” or “Miraculous” dietary Weight Loss Supplements? I have to admit I’ve been guilty of that in years past.
I don’t care how much recovery one has from binge eating and/or dieting disorders, of course some of us are still vulnerable to allegedly respectable doctors who claim weight loss could be “easy”. (You know who you are, Dr. Oz!)
I’m all about size acceptance! I’m a card-carrying member of the “Health at Every Size” paradigm. I believe healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes. I have no judgment about anyone’s size, including my own!!! Still, I admit it. If weight loss were easy and safe; didn’t require I sell my soul, rearrange my organs, or harm my health to accomplish it, I’d be game. I know very few people of size who wouldn’t. (Sometimes, saying that feels like a betrayal of the size-acceptance movement. It’s not! It’s just honest and based on wanting a body that is as physically comfortable to live in as possible and has as few physical limitations as possible in a world that’s not designed to be plus-size friendly.)
Even a couple of years ago, when Dr. Oz said Raspberry Ketones were the miracle we had all been waiting for, I had a momentary lapse in sanity and looked those up on the internet. (Then I found my sanity, again, and stopped myself before I bought a single supplement!)
I don’t have Cable TV, so I’ve never seen HBO’s late night talk show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. But after watching this commentary about dietary weight loss supplements; a challenge to the nonsense we’re fed by popular TV shows, John Oliver has a new fan; ME! In this brilliant segment, which aired this past spring, we hear the financial and political truths behind why no one protects us from the unrelenting hawking and false claims about weight loss supplements. (Salty Language Warning!)
What do you think and feel when you hear about the latest diet pills or weight loss supplement claims? Do you get hooked; feel tempted? Share you thoughts with us by leaving a comment…
As a tireless advocate of truth in advertising and sanity, I, Ellen Shuman, work with people who struggle with emotional eating, compulsive eating, binge eating disorder, and food addiction. I am the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Binge Eating Disorder Treatment (1993-present), Past President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (2011/2012), and Co-Founder of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”. Need help, get in touch, firstname.lastname@example.org, 513-321-4242.