They don’t get the attention the Academy Awards do, but they ought to. I’m talking about the Slim Chance Awards, given to the “the “worst” of the worst of the many weight-loss products and programs that flood the internet, the airwaves, and the pages of print materials in seemingly increasing numbers.” Whether they’re promises for women’s weight loss or any other version of the subject, we can be sure they’re not about healthy lifestyles or self-acceptance.
Healthy Weight Week is sponsored by the Healthy Weight Network and describes 2009’s event as “the 16th annual Healthy Weight Week is a time to celebrate healthy living habits that last a lifetime and prevent eating and weight problems. Our bodies cannot be shaped at will. But we can all be accepting, healthy and happy at our natural weights.”
Last year’s award winners:
Evercleanse, Most Outrageous Claim
Bio SpeedSLIM, Worst Claim
HoodiaHerbal, Worst Product
Hollywood Detox Body Wrap, Worst Gimmick
You can see they’re serious!
Send nominations to Francie Berg, Coordinator Task Force on Weight Loss Abuse, National Council Against Health Fraud, Healthy Weight Network; 402 South 14th Street; Hettinger, ND 58639, along with supporting material or online link if possible. Or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Put Healthy Weight Week in the subject line.