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FTC Weight Loss Advertising Workshop

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC

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The Federal Trade Commission will hold a workshop to explore alternate approaches to reducing deceptive claims in advertising for weight-loss products. Following up on the issuance of the FTC staff report, Weight-Loss Advertising: An Analysis of Current Trends, the workshop will give the FTC staff and interested parties an opportunity to discuss new strategies for fighting weight-loss fraud.

The workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on November 19, 2002, at the FTC headquarters building, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C., and will provide a public forum to explore the impact that deceptive weight loss ads have on public health and new approaches for fighting the proliferation of misleading claims. The workshop will consist of panels featuring public health officials, medical professionals, researchers, advertising executives, media experts, and members of the weight-loss industry.

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Federal Register Notice to Extension of Public Comment Period to Feb. 3, 2003

Workshop Transcript - All Pages  [PDF 329K]
      Section - PDF only Pages


      Opening Remarks 1 - 13  23K
      Science Panel 13 - 112 141K
      Remarks by Commissioner Anthony  113 - 117  13K
      Industry Panel 117 - 174  86K
      Media Panel 175 - 232  86K
      Closing Remarks  233 - 237  13K
Workshop Final Agenda [PDF]

Participants' Biographies  [PDF only]
Public Comments

Press Release Report on Weight-Loss Advertising: An Analysis of Current Trends (09/18/02)

Press Release Weight Loss Workshop (09/18/02)

Media Advisory Report, Case, Workshop (09/11/02)

Federal Register Notice

Report on Weight-Loss Advertising: An Analysis of Current Trends [PDF only]

Partnership for Healthy Weight Management

Educational Materials
Amazing Claims: Bookmark [PDF]
Avoiding the Muscle Hustle: Tips for Buying Exercise Equipment [TEXT] [PDF]
Dietary Supplements: An Advertising Guide for the Industry [TEXT] [PDF]
"Miracle" Health Claims: Add a Dose of Skepticism [TEXT] [PDF]
Paunch Lines: Weight Loss Claims are No Joke for Dieters [TEXT] [PDF]
Project Waistline: Should You Believe These Amazing Claims? [TEXT]
Pump Fiction [TEXT] [PDF]
Voluntary Guidelines for Providers of Weight Loss Products of Services [TEXT] [PDF]
Weight Loss: Finding a Weight Loss Program that Works for You [PDF]
Weight Loss Products: Public Service Announcements [TEXT] [PDF]
Promesas Milagrosas (Amazing Claims: Bookmark) [PDF]
Cómo Evitar un Gasto Musculoso: Consejos para Comprar Equipos de Ejercicios Físicos (Avoiding the Muscle Hustle: Tips for Buying Exercise Equipment) [TEXT]

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