Most Celebrity Health Tips Are Bunk

If you ever needed an excuse not to buy into all of the 'miracle' weight-loss or detox foods or dietary supplements, then this may be what you're looking for.

In an annual list of what it sees as the year's worst abuses against science, the Sense About Science (SAS) campaign group debunked diet and exercise suggestions made by actors, pop stars and others in the public eye in an effort "to help the celebrities realize where they are going wrong and to help the public make sense of celebrity claims."


To try and counter the effects of some of the wildest health and fitness tips, SAS published its own "easy-to-remember pointers for celebrity commentators":

* Nothing is chemical-free: everything is made of chemicals, it's just a case of which ones.

* Detox is a marketing myth: our body does it without pricey potions and detox diets.

* There's no need to boost: bodily functions occur without boosting.

* Energy and fitness come from...food and exercise: there are no shortcuts.

Whenever I see some of these miracle products being hawked by celebrities I have to wonder just what they're thinking, assuming of course that they're thinking at all. Not that all celebrity endorsed products or programs are bunk, just those promising miraculous results without effort.