Obesity Epidemic: What Consumer Reports Doesn’t Say…

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Perhaps Consumer Reports doesn’t understand its target audience …

“We’ve long cautioned against taking quick-fix weight-loss drugs like Belviq, and Qsymia — that was also approved by the FDA last year–as well as supplements, because their benefits are usually minimal, and their adverse effects can be troublesome. Instead, skip the pills, and lose weight the safer, tried-and-true way–by eating less and exercising,” reports the well-respected organization.

Eating less and exercising…  What a novel idea.

Why haven’t weight loss clinics, physicians, television programs, nutritionists, and gyms thought of that?

There’s a reason that 66.3% of Americans are either overweight and / or obese. 

These people don’t exercise much or at all… and they obviously don’t diet.

Many overweight and obese Americans would rather pop a pill than pant on a treadmill for 10 minutes a day.

That’s the cold hard truth…

Consumer Reports then bashes Belviq for its “slim results” of just 3% to 3.7% weight loss.

However “weight loss in overweight/obese persons of as little as 3% to 5% of body weight has shown improvements in high-density lipoproteins (the good cholesterol), glucose metabolism, a decrease in triglycerides (blood fats) and other risk factors of cardiovascular disease,” according to studies from The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

“Health improvements in chronic disease risk factors can be realized with as little as a 2- to 3-percent reduction in excess body weight.”

So much for that “slim results” bash.

Consumer Reports then tells us about “risks galore.”

These include “headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, dry mouth and constipation.”

That’s quite interesting.

One, every drug in existence must report every side effect that patients have.  It doesn’t mean every one is going to have these side effects.  Two, show me one drug – just one – that doesn’t have potential side effects.

I’ll wait…

Overweight and / or obese Americans aren’t going to change their lifestyles at the drop of a hat.  They’re not suddenly going to the gym, getting off the couch, or putting down the third bag of chips.

They’d rather pop a pill.  That’s just how it is…

There’s a reason more than 66% of Americans have weight and health issues.  They don’t exercise.   They don’t diet.

The weight loss market is valued at more than $61 billion.  The global weight loss market is expected to eclipse $650 billion by 2015.

Weight loss drugs have an explosive opportunity here.