The Weight Loss Industry and the Dr. Oz Effect

In the last two months our store has been inundated with requests for Raspberry Ketones, CLA, 7-Keto DHEA, Saffron extract, Safflower Oil/SafSlim, Relora, and Forskolin. All mentioned on the Dr. Oz show as some kind of magic bullet. I have been in the health food industry since my family opened our 23 years ago this month. I have seen all kind of weight loss crazes, including Herbal Phen-Fen, but nothing like this. Saffron has been out of stock since February. We haven’t been able to get Relora in a month and we can’t keep Safslim on our shelves for more than a week because Rebody (the manufacturers), can’t keep up with demand. 90% of the people coming through the door to buy these products have never been in a health food store and aren’t the least bit interested in anything else we have to offers. We have sold hundreds of some of these items and who knows how many more we could have sold but we have spent most of the time being out of stock. It’s insane. THERE IS NO MAGIC PILL FOR WEIGHT LOSS, IF SO I WOULD BE AT LEAST 35 LBS LIGHTER! It’s doesn’t matter what we say to preserve the reputation of our store and our industry, the Great Oz has spoken. As retailers, we get no warnings as to what will be on the show and neither do our vendors and when they are alerted those products don’t catch fire, it’s always some obsure product that you have 2 or 3 bottles of and you are sold out before the show has even finished airing. It is amazing to watch people put so much hope and promise into a $20-30 bottle of pills. When will it finally sink in? Weight loss is hard work, you either put in the effort or you stay fat. [/rant]

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One thought on “The Weight Loss Industry and the Dr. Oz Effect

  1. Donald Pates says:

    Forskolin is a chemical found in the roots of the plant Plectranthus barbatus (Coleus forskohlii). This plant has been used since ancient times to treat heart disorders such as high blood pressure and chest pain (angina), as well as respiratory disorders such as asthma.^

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