D Math Word Problem and deceptive advertising


(DDrumminMan) #1

I saw a new NutriSystems ad the other night.  It has some plan for diabetics.  Not sure if they're targeting Type I or Type IIs but it doesn't really matter.  They make the claim that following their plan can lower your a1c by .9%  They mention this several times.

So the math problem is:  If your last a1c was 10.0 (to make it easy) and you followed their plan and it worked as they say (and that was the ONLY THING to affect your a1c), what would you're next a1c be?

Submit you answer and show your work (just kidding).

I think I know the answer and just want to see if anyone else concurs ...  I'll also explain why, if I'm right, it seems to be deceptive.


(Doug D) #2

Funny DrumminMan - I was thinking the same thing.  Their first commercial just said "Diabetics" but after about a week, they changed it to say "Type 2 Diabetics".    As far as the math goes.... I'm assuming they mean, using your example, that your a1c would go to 9.1  even though their .9% reference would mean taking you to only 9.91.  Who, knows, it's just about them getting millions of T2's to sign up for their plan - heck if it works for them more power to them - maybe i'm just jealous we don't get the attention!

PS - If you give me your fax number, I'll shoot over my scratch paper!  lol


(Woo Its Pat) #3

I call BS on the NutriSystem stuff. Show me a REAL person...not to say that Mike Golic isn't a real person, but someone like us who "ate what they wanted" and still lost weight. I love how they have Dan Marino as one of their spokespeople too..."before" and "after" Marino look the same, it's like he pushed his gut out in one pic and sucked it in for the next. That being said...does their food have insulin in it, or something that is intended to "naturally" lower your glucose level after eating?

/Sorry for the rant and attempted threadjack.


(DDrumminMan) #4

My wife has been on NutriSystems a couple of time and actually lost weight.  She's gained it all back plus some now though!  And, the food does not look like they show on TV.

They say it helps lower a1c not glucose.  But think about it.  If you get on a steady number of carbs per day on a schedule and got your inslulin or pills or whatever synched up.  Unless you were in great control already, of course your a1c would go down.  Nothing special about the food itself, just your eating behavior if you follow it and weren't eating properly before.

Besides, Dan is now back to his playing wieght!


(DDrumminMan) #5

[quote user="Doug D"]

Funny DrumminMan - I was thinking the same thing.  Their first commercial just said "Diabetics" but after about a week, they changed it to say "Type 2 Diabetics".    As far as the math goes.... I'm assuming they mean, using your example, that your a1c would go to 9.1  even though their .9% reference would mean taking you to only 9.91.  Who, knows, it's just about them getting millions of T2's to sign up for their plan - heck if it works for them more power to them - maybe i'm just jealous we don't get the attention!

PS - If you give me your fax number, I'll shoot over my scratch paper!  lol

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Correct!  The right answer is 9.91.  At least that's what I get.  I think they show .9% hoping most people won't notice the dot and assume it goes down almost 10% and sign right up.  That's why I think it's somewhat deceptive.  I mean going from 10.0 to 9.91 ain't much to brag about I don't think.  Marketing!

No need to FAX over work, I believe you!