September 11, 2008

In The News: Quick & Dangerous

Weight loss centers in Istanbul are coming under scrutiny after a 19-year-old patient in one of these establishments died after losing 33 pounds in six weeks.

"Turkish Dietetic Association Chairman Sacide Gümüşel stated that unqualified dietitians can easily find work in Turkey, which presents a serious public health threat."

This is precisely why looking for the right credentials is key when seeking professional help for health and/or weight management issues.

In the United States, the best thing you can look for is a Registered Dietitian credential (or, as I like to refer to it, the Real Deal credential.)

Of course your mileage may vary depending on which Registered Dietitian you work with (like in any other field, there are excellent RDs, average RDs, and not-so-great RDs), but you can count on them having a basic scientific understanding of nutrition that keeps your health in mind.

The article quotes the American Overseas Dietetic Association's Turkey representative who states that "numerous institutions in Turkey, from beauty salons to pharmacies, are able to write up a plan for weight loss [without consulting a dietitian]."

Anyone promising more than 8 pounds of weight loss in a 30 days or a "secret" weight-loss ingredient in pill or powder form should raise a "Caution!" sign in your mind.

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