Monday, February 04, 2008

The Weight-Loss Industry: Con-men and Crooks

That weight-loss industry pisses me off. From the weight-loss programs that prominently display people who have lost lots of weight while adding in tiny print "results not typical" to commercials for ab machines that imply that they'll help you lose weight to the freaking Atkins-brand bars and shakes which are, as far as I can tell from participants of the Active Low-Carber Forums, universally detrimental to actually losing weight on the Atkins program, to all forms of "diet pills" that either don't work or are dangerous, or both. They are just taking advantage of the desperate and the uniformed. Absolutely disgusting.

It all reminds me of that Simpsons episode when, with little Lisa's help, the evil Mr. Burns creates a recycling plant. He has Lisa convinced that he has changed, until he shows her the "best part" of his plant: he has attached millions of recycled plastic six-pack holders to drain tons of fish and wildlife from the sea to create the "L'il Lisa Slurry," an all-purpose industrial chemical.

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