One of the biggest problems (literally) that the United States has – in which it is considered an epidemic to some – is obesity. Recognized as a disease that can be prevented through lifestyle choices, it is researched that said poor lifestyles associate this condition to many other health problems. This includes cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The situation is such a hot topic that the Inquisitr reported numerous times on its latest news. This includes a recent study that shows over 80 percent of people over the age of fifty are obese and a video that blames parents for childhood obesity which eventually translates for the child to adult obesity.
With the constant crusade to finding a means and a “cure” for obesity, there have been many fad diets, ranging from unique workouts, products, and pills, that guarantee weight loss. Now there is a weight-loss product that is said to be so ridiculous that the government is requiring the company who made them to refund people who bought them.
According to an announcement by the Federal Trade Commission, Norm Thompson Outfitters and Wacoal America have settled charges for their weight-loss claims on one of their products. This item, believe it or not, is shapewear. The unique hook about it is its infusion of a certain chemical: caffeine. That’s right! The chemical that keeps people awake found in coffee and soda is the secret weapon for this clothing. However, Jessica Rich, the director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, counters the propaganda of the shapewear in the following statement.
“Caffeine-infused shapewear is the latest ‘weight-loss’ brew concocted by marketers. If someone says you can lose weight by wearing the clothes they are selling, steer clear. The best approach is tried and true: diet and exercise.”
The Blaze followed up on the announcement too in which the agreement for Norm Thompson Outfitters and Wacoal America requires them to pay $1.5 million in consumer refunds for the shapewear. Also, one major detail worked against the companies which brought them to this point. Company claims that the shapewear could reduce cellulite, hip, and thigh measurements “without any effort” were false and were not backed up by scientific evidence. This is a violation of the Federal Trade Commission Act.
It is also ironic that the settlement came to a conclusion on Monday, which happened to be National Coffee Day, which most of you know coffee is a drink synonymous with caffeine.
Now that you’ve read the situation with caffeine-infused shapewear, what do you think? Please let everyone know in the comments below.
[Image via Skinless Shapewear Promotions]