Target: Dr. Mehmet Oz
Goal: Stop Dr. Oz from promoting unscientific weight loss methods and deceiving his television audience
Dr. Mehmet Oz has recently been under scrutiny for weight loss methods he has promoted on his show that are not based in science and, in fact, deceive his audience. Members of Congress held a hearing with Oz, in which the members of the board interrogated Oz about his false weight loss claims, as well as the claims’ effects on his viewing audience. Throughout the years, Oz has claimed that several seemingly random products would help people lose weight—It is time Oz is held responsible for lying to his viewers and giving them false hope.
As host of The Dr. Oz Show, Oz has claimed that at least three different products would cause people to lose weight, often adding that the weight loss could be achieved without diet or exercise. Members of Congress, specifically Senator Claire McCaskill, Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance, asked Oz why he gave viewers false hope and stood by products that would not live up to his claims. Oz’s rebuttal was full of confidence, with insistence that he studies the products he features and even recommends them to his own family. However, the board of critics were not impressed and insisted Oz’s claims were deceptive.
McCaskill pondered why Oz would taint the quality of his show with false weight loss claims. The senator insisted that Oz should use his influential platform as a television personality to help others, not insist people buy stores out of green coffee bean extract under the bogus assumption that it will cause weight loss.
By signing this petition, you will be reprimanding Dr. Oz for knowingly leading consumers astray
Dear Dr. Oz,
You recently held audience with Congress for weighty claims that three products would cause weight loss for consumers. In one such case, you falsely claimed that green coffee bean extract would cause weight loss, causing stores to sell out of the supplement. Green coffee bean extract is not the first supplement to sell out after your falsely claimed benefits, though, this will hopefully be one of the last.
Dr. Oz, I urge you to take the advice of Senator McCaskill. Stop leading your vulnerable and overzealous audience to believe they do not have to eat right and exercise in order to lose weight in a healthy manner. With every product attributed with weight loss capabilities comes a horde of hopeful people, desperately searching for a way to improve their health. Use your influential platform to inspire positive lifestyle changes, rather than recommending a “quick fix” that has not been scientifically proven to promote weight loss. Your unproven weight loss claims are costing your viewers money and peace of mind.
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