No matter the growing trend toward whole, organic foods, clean eating, and an active lifestyle! "Quick fix" diets that require you eat food out of a pre-packaged box just won't go away. One of those that has been around forever and a day is Jenny Craig -- which requires you eat their processed foods and thus, seems geared to people who don't want to think at all about what they're eating, how much of it (nevermind that they might be doll-sized portions), or what is in it (don't worry about those unpronounceable chemicals).
Of course you're going to lose weight if you're eating a seriously restricted calorie diet, but there may be a price to pay for that "success." For one woman, a comedian and Glamour writer named Mara Shapshay, that allegedly came in the form of 1,000 gallstones. NO joke! She's filed a lawsuit against the weight loss company, claiming they knew their products were dangerous and could lead to gallbladder disease but did nothing to warn consumers. WOW.
Shapsay says she started Jenny in 2011 and developed medical problems about a year later. She was hospitalized with severe abdominal pain, and doctors ultimately discovered that she had roughly a thousand (!!!) gallstones in her gallbladder. As a result, Shapsay says she was forced to undergo multiple surgeries and now suffers from fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. What's more, she blames the weight loss company for a recent miscarriage. YOW.
These are some hardcore accusations. But I wouldn't be surprised if there was some truth to it, being that docs and nutritionists would agree processed, pre-packaged foods are best kept to a minimum. Meanwhile, whole, real foods you can easily trace the origin of are always going to be better for weight loss ... Not to mention our overall health.
Unfortunately, many diet companies aren't worried about the freshness or quality of their food so much as the calories, fat grams, and ultimately, their bottom line. And they tend to use a plethora of processed additives in their foods, like inulin aka chicory root fiber to replace sugar, fat, and flour, but which could potentially cause nasty GI side effects, like flatulence and down the road ... who knows?
My heart really goes out to Shapsay. Here's hoping her lawsuit not only leads to compensation for her pain and suffering but to other women trying a natural approach over the potentially problematic quick fix.
What do you think of this lawsuit? How do you feel about processed foods?