According to the National Center for Health Statistics about one-third of all adults in the United States are obese, with another one-third being overweight but not obese. With that in mind it’s probably no surprise that weight loss is a topic of no small concern hereabouts, not to mention a road to riches for many marketers who may be less than scrupulous about the claims they make for their products.
If you doubt that weight loss is a fertile field for fraudsters then consider an FTC report, which concluded that, during the year examined, 13.5 percent of Americans were defrauded. The number one cause of fraud, which took in an estimated 4.8 million victims, had to do with dubious weight loss products.
It’s probably a bit of a stretch to suggest that tea is a significant part of the problem but if you do even a cursory Web search for keywords like “tea” and “weight loss” you’ll see that there are no shortage of marketers out there who are making claims for tea that range from slightly exaggerated to highly dubious. To read some of the more “creative” claims one could be forgiven for thinking that tea is some sort of miracle weight loss elixir.
What tends to complicate the matter somewhat is the fact that there have been studies over the years that indicate that tea may actually be of some benefit when it comes to helping to aid weight loss through one means or another. For more on this, take a look at three of these studies, which specifically have to do with green tea (here, here and here).
While researchers in these and other studies are generally quite cautious about drawing links between tea and weight loss, there are many merchants, not to mention media outlets, who are not nearly so scrupulous about doing so, in pursuit of their goals, respectively, of selling more tea or gaining more readers and advertisers. Thus, while it might be terrifically convenient to be able to drink a cup of tea and then sit back and watch as the pounds melt away, the reality of the situation is probably not nearly so dramatic.
For a brief primer on avoiding weight-loss fraud in general, check out this article from AARP. When it comes to spotting dubious claims for tea, it’s probably best to go with the old tried and true adage, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” On the other hand, if you’d like to make tea a part of an overall weight loss strategy that also includes such factors as improved diet and exercise, it probably can’t hurt.
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