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Working on your ‘summer body?’ Be mindful of health and weight loss scams! Here are some tips. – News 12 Bronx

May 10, 2022, 2:38pmUpdated 2d ago

By: Sandrina Rodrigues, Senior Digital Producer

Misleading ads preyon peoples desires for a quick fix or miracle cure - cheating you out ofmoney. Some products, and programs, could also be dangerous to yourhealth.

"Be aware ofproducts that over-promise unrealistic results that may be detrimental to yourwallet and to your health, says New York State Health Commissioner Dr. MaryBassett.

Below are some tipsto avoid health and weight loss scams.

A health product isfraudulent if it is deceptively promoted as being effective against a diseaseor health condition, but not scientifically proven safe and effective for thatpurpose. Remember: There is no proven quick and easy way to lose weight or gethealthy.

"Nothing canreplace the benefits of a healthy diet and regular exercise for safe andeffective weight loss," says Dr. Bassett.

Always read thefine print before purchasing a health or weight loss product. A common tacticin health care scams is the money-back guarantee, giving the appearance of arisk-free investment.

Beforetrying a new product, search for its name online through a trusted searchengine. Fake reviews are common, so seek verified reviews from a variety ofsources. If all you find are glowing reviews, consider if the authors may havebeen paid or received free products for writing the review. Also look for complaints or lawsuits aboutthe product. If you see the product on social media, but the comments are turned off, beware - its a red flag that the company istrying to hide honest feedback.

Always consult witha primary care physician or certified health practitioner before beginning anew medicine or dietary supplement, particularly if the product is not approvedby the Food and Drug Administration.

There are places toseek more information on your own if you are interested in treating diseasesand ailments, backed by certified doctors and scientists.

Below are some websitesto help you get started:

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