Octavia Spencer Sues Weight Loss Company for Acting Super Shady

After Octavia Spencer won her Oscar, she was approached to endorse a weight loss product called Sensa. Only because Octavia Spencer is Octavia Spencer, she promoted the product as ethically as possible, making her compensation from Sensa publicly known. That honesty was apparently too much for Sensa: according to a… »8/29/13 12:50pm8/29/13 12:50pm

Scandal Surrounding French Diet Pill Widens as Pharmaceutical Chief Is Charged with Manslaughter

A troubling new development in a long-running pharmaceutical scandal in France has people wondering just how much power drug companies wield in the country. The Guardian's Angelique Chrisafis reports that victims of a controversial (read: fucking dangerous) ampehtamine-derived weight-loss pill called Mediator have… »1/06/13 4:00pm1/06/13 4:00pm

Is the 'War on Obesity' Just a Massive Conspiracy to Sell Diet Pills?

There's no doubt that the weight loss industry in America is an inconceivably massive moneymaker for corporations and pharmaceutical companies. It's indisputable. A lot of rich people make a lot of money off the public perception that fat is wrong and that eliminating fat is a national moral mandate of apocalyptic… »11/05/12 1:35pm11/05/12 1:35pm

Will These New Weight Loss Drugs Save Lives and Change Attitudes?

Sketchy diet pills? So '90s. For the first time in over a decade, the FDA has approved two new weight loss drugs: Qysmia and Belviq. According to writer and "infectious-disease specialist" Kent Sepkowitz, the drugs are cause for celebration, not just because of rising medical costs and obesity-related deaths but… »7/19/12 12:10pm7/19/12 12:10pm

New Diet Pill to Provide New Ammunition in Battle Against Skinny Smugness Crisis

For the last several decades, America's been experiencing an unprecedented looming health care crisis — naturally skinny Americans pumping the atmosphere full of dangerous levels of smugness in the form of concern trolling obese and overweight Americans. But now, thanks to the FDA's approval of a new weight loss drug,… »6/28/12 6:40pm6/28/12 6:40pm

Splenda And Several Other Products That Could Potentially Murder Your Insides

I was on JetBlue yesterday morning without headphones, but CNN was on the TV and the following question (or a reasonable facsimile) flashed across the screen: Is Splenda bad for your health? And I silently mouthed "NOOOOOO!" Not my favorite calorie-free sweetener! Then I read about it in today's New York Times »9/23/08 4:30pm9/23/08 4:30pm, and…