Is that Right? Jenny Craig beats Weight Watchers in "major clinical trial"?
A recent Jenny Craig ad features spokesperson Valerie Bertinelli, not-so-convincingly clad in a white lab coat, claiming that "a major clinical trial" has shown that people on the Jenny Craig program lost twice as much weight as those in "the largest weight loss program."
That court acted swiftly, supporting the Weight Watchers claim that no clinical trials, major or otherwise, pitting Weight Watchers against Jenny Craig had been conducted. Jenny Craig apparently compared decade-old Weight Watchers data with current Jenny Craig data and called it a trial. The court issued a temporary restraining order that prevents Jenny Craig from running the ad.
Until the legal proceedings conclude, I suppose I can't really say whether the Jenny Craig ad's claim is correct or not. I'll let you know how the judge rules in the end.
In other diet-program news, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned consumers against using counterfeit Alli purchased over the Internet. The capsules in question contain no orlistat, the diet drug's active ingredient. What they do contain is an entirely different diet drug, sibutramine, which can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke among people with a history of cardiovascular disease.
I asked earlier this week whether people are capable of losing weight on their own, without outside guidance or gimmicks. More than half (56 percent) of the 663 readers who voted in our poll about the matter said we are indeed perfectly capable, thank you very much. How does this latest spate of diet-program news affect your opinion?
Jennifer LaRue Huget
January 22, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories: Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity , The Business of Health
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