Miracle-Diet Ads Lie? Well, Duh!

Did we really need a two-year federal study to warn us about that?

Don't get me wrong: if I worked for the government, I'd be wasting money like a madman. I'd head a commission to investigate the safety of Kobe beef, bring back a one-man Meese commission and make myself ambassador to Angelina Jolie.

But I wouldn't have the cojones to release a paper by a 12-person, 2 1/2-year committee that says 40% of ads for weight-loss products "make at least one representation that is almost certainly false," as the Federal Trade Commission did last week. The study proves, mainly, that the FTC is too lazy to investigate 60% of diet ads.

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