Don’t let nutrition scams slim down your wallet

The first few months of the year are often a return to focusing on health and wellness, as we bounce back from holiday indulgences and get ready for summer. But it’s also the perfect time for fraudsters to scam people with diets and “miracle” cures that only reduce the size of your bank account.

Whether they’re looking for a fast way to lose weight or a cure for a serious disease, Canadians may be spending billions of dollars on unproven, fraudulently marketed health-related products, devices and treatments.

You can see these scams online, often appearing as sponsored posts on social media or website pop-ups. Some may seem to be endorsed by celebrities or promoted by testimonials of people claiming to have been cured.

The Competition Bureau is advising consumers to be smart and be skeptical. To avoid becoming victims of these types of scams, it’s important to learn how to assess health claims and to seek the advice of a health professional.

Here are some tips to identify common scams:

  • Remember that there are no magic pills or miracle cures for achieving quick weight loss or treating serious medical conditions.
  • Keep your guard up when ads mention scientific evidence. . The presence of a doctor in an ad is no guarantee that the product works. Scam artists have been known to dress models to look like experts.
  • Don’t be swayed by questionable success stories or patient testimonials. Despite what the company claims, there’s no guarantee that the celebrity or the average Joe featured has achieved the advertised results.
  • A money-back guarantee is no proof that a product works. Do your research on the product and company and consult a health professional if you have any questions.

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