I've Always Hated Dr. Oz, but I Don't Think He's 100% to Blame

I know 'hate' is a pretty strong word so I should say "I've always strongly disliked Dr. Oz." To be totally fair I've never even seen his show. A few years ago I realized he was becoming pretty popular when my students in General Psychology or Human Growth and Development were regularly bringing things up in class that they had seen on his show. My disdain for him grew after seeing his face associated with numerous "lose weight fast" products and hearing news clips on the radio discussing his latest 'miracle' fat burner.

For those of you who read my blog regularly you should know I don't believe in tricks to lose weight or diet fads. Eat real foods in proper portions, lots of colors, and don't drink calories. That's about it. Yet, people have a really, really hard time doing that, and I totally get it. One of the reasons I became a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor is because I had a negative relationship with food for years. I think deep down people know what they need to do to be healthy (eat less, move more) but they'd rather try 100 quick fixes before buckling down and just doing it the 'old fashion' way.

A quick google image search of "Dr. Oz products" came up with this:

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In 2012 the diet industry reportedly racked in 20 BILLION dollars annually. So, is it really fair to hold Dr. Oz responsible for giving his audience what they are desperately looking to him for? My latest political girl crush, Senator Claire McCaskill, put Dr. Oz in the hot seat on Tuesday and asked him point blank about his responsibility in promoting unrealistic weight loss claims/products. After doing some research I found that most of the products using Dr. Oz's image are NOT supported by him (he did not give his permission to have his likeness used) and his lawyers are constantly working on getting the products to remove any ties to the show. However, these are a few of the quotes taken directly from Dr. Oz on his show:

  • "You may think magic is make believe, but this little bean has scientists saying they've found the magic weight loss cure for every body type. It's green coffee extract."
  • "I've got the number one miracle in a bottle to burn your fat. It's raspberry ketone."
  • "Garcinia cambogia: It may be the simple solution you've been looking for to bust your body fat for good."

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Dr. Oz did admit to using 'flowery' language. If you see words like 'miracle' and 'magic' you should automatically know a product is bogus. I think it's pathetic that he would use the respect and trust of his viewers to market crap products, but at what point to we hold the consumers responsible? I wouldn't dream of buying any sort of supplement without doing some research on it first. When can we expect people to realize that THEY are the one's responsible for getting their shit together and losing weight?

Perhaps that will start once they turn off Dr. Oz and go outside for a walk.

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What are your thoughts on Dr. Oz? Why do you think people would rather pop pills to lose weight then eat healthier?