FOR RELEASE: November 27, 1991
FTC CHARGES MARKETER OF "CPM" TABLES WITH MAKING UNSUBSTANTIATED WEIGHT-LOSS CLAIMS; CONSENT AGREEMENT WOULD SETTLE CHARGES
The Federal Trade Commission has charged Slender You, Inc. with making false and unsubstantiated weight-loss claims for the continuous passive motion ("CPM") exercise tables it manufactures and sells to health and fitness centers. Under a consent agreement issued today for public comment to settle these charges, the company would be prohibited from making such claims in the future. Slender You sells its CPM tables contending that they offer users weight-loss and physical fitness benefits without the effort and pain associated with traditional forms of exercise. The tables generally come in sets of five to seven, with each table designed to exercise a different group of muscles, as in isometrics -- pushing, pulling and stretching muscles with or without user resistance.
The FTC complaint alleges that Slender You has falsely claimed that consumers who exercise on CPM tables can lose weight, lose inches, remove cellulite, tone and firm muscles, and achieve physical fitness benefits comparable or superior to those provided by rigorous exercise. The complaint also alleges that the company has not had a reasonable basis for making these claims. Finally, the FTC complaint alleges that the company's advertising used testimonials or endorsements to falsely represent that inch-loss or weight-loss experienced by consumers using the Slender You CPM products was typical or ordinary.
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Under the proposed consent agreement settling these charges, Slender You would be prohibited from making misrepresentations in the advertising, labeling, packaging, sale or distribution of its CPM tables to consumers, and from misrepresenting the benefits of any diet or fitness programs it offers. Specifically, the order would prohibit Slender You from misrepresenting that any such machine or program:
- reduces or helps to reduce overall body fat or fat in any particular area of the body;
- results in, or contributes to, inch-loss or weight-loss or the reduction of the body;
- tones or firms human tissue, including muscle;
- removes or eliminates cellulite or any other form of subcutaneous body fat;
- flushes out or contributes to the removal of fat including acid waste, toxic waste or any other bodily waste; or
- provides health or physical fitness benefits similar or superior to those provided by rigorous exercise for normal, healthy individuals.
The agreement also would prohibit Slender You from representing that a consumer endorsement or testimonial represents the typical or ordinary experience of those who use the exercise programs or CPM machines, unless that is the case.
Slender You, Inc. is based in Crossville, Tennessee.
The consent agreement is scheduled to appear in the Federal Register shortly, and will be subject to public comment for 60 days, after which the Commission will decide whether to make it final.
Comments should be addressed to the Office of the Secretary, Federal Trade Commission, 6th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washngton, D.C. 20580.
NOTE: A consent agreement is for settlement purposes only and does not constitute an admission of a law violation. When the Commission issues a consent order on a final basis, it carries the force of law with respect to future actions of the respondents. Each violation of such an order may result in a civil penalty of $10,000.
Copies of the complaint, consent agreement and an analysis to assist the public in commenting are available from the FTC's Public Reference Branch, same address as above; 202-326-2222; TTY 1-866-653-4261.
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MEDIA CONTACT: Brenda A. Mack, Office of Public Affairs, 202-326-2182
STAFF CONTACT: Theresa M. McGrew and Thomas S. Jefferson, Chicago Regional Office, 55 East Monroe St., Suite 1437, Chicago, IL 60603
(FTC File No. 882-3134)