With the influx of media, and highly idealized body standards flooding everything from our phones to our laptops to the pages of our favourite magazines, it has become pretty much internalized that women should have thin, slender figures and men should be lean and jacked. And while there are healthy ways to achieve these body types, many companies have taken advantage of the human desire to look good, coming out with a myriad of dieting scams that may actually do more harm than good.
Some people will do whatever it takes to loose weight and have a nice body, and because of that they buy into scams that are doing nothing but deceiving them. Diet pills, slimming creams and patches are all huge money grabs, and not only do they not work, but they can be quite dangerous. Take diet teas for instance. Most of these teas are made with senna, a herb that if taken long-term can be extremely harmful to your body. And then there are the slimming creams and magical powders we’re suppose to sprinkle on our food in hopes that it will make us feel full. Dieting is a money making business and that’s all there is to it.
Today we look at 10 of the most popular dieting scams that have deceived millions of people. From the acai berry con to the truly disturbing tongue patch, take a look at what many people have fallen for the sake of vanity.