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Jenny Craig

Gave Me 1,000 Gallstones

... Says L.A. Comic in Lawsuit

6/3/2013 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A popular L.A. comic says she had to have 1,000 gallstones removed from her body all thanks to a Jenny Craig diet ... and now she's suing the weight loss giant claiming they knew their products were dangerous and did nothing to warn their customers.

Mara Shapshay -- who regularly performs at the Laugh Factory and writes for Glamour Magazine -- filed a lawsuit against J.C. this week, claiming she started Jenny in 2011 hoping to shed some lbs ... but developed serious medical problems about a year later.

In fact, Shapshay claims she was hospitalized with severe abdominal pain ... and doctors ultimately discovered roughly 1,000 gallstones in her body.

Mara says she was forced to undergo multiple surgeries and now suffers from fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting ... and blames J.C. for a recent miscarriage.

But the worst part, according to Shapshay ... Jenny Craig KNEW its program could lead to gallbladder disease ... but failed to inform their customers of the risks.

Shapshay is seeking unspecified damage$$$.

Multiple calls and emails to Jenny Craig have not been returned.


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Jenny Craig Gave Me 999.5 Gallstones, Says L.A. Comic in Lawsuit.....................YEAH Nail Jenny !, Her Products Are Too OverPriced !

456 days ago


This woman knows exactly what she's doing, she wants $$$$$ and will do whatever it takes to get it

456 days ago

What You Really Want To See    

Alright already... just give them back and be done with it! Don't get your next 1000 from Dr Atkins. He's already dead and there won't be anyone to sue.

456 days ago


Hope you follow up on this story. What kind of diet would result in this sort of medical crisis and how was the J Craig corporation deceitful?

456 days ago


There was a class action suit against Jenny Craig a while ago(1990's?) from people who had gallbladder problems while on JC. JC settled and paid out. A lot of people currently on JC are having gallbladder problems. JC has not changed their warnings even after the lawsuit. So, Mara's claim is plausible.

456 days ago


In Jenny's defence the " fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting" really does reduce your appetite.

456 days ago


all weightloss products might lead to gallstones however most of the weightloss products give you this warning. gallstones is linked to people who have large weightloss. so if you are obese and trying to lose alot of weight. you might get gallstones on ANY diet you go on. the thing is Jenny craig did not have this warning.

456 days ago


1000 gall stones? The woman would need a gall bladder the size of a watermelon.

455 days ago


There's so much spamming in this forum, it's hard to read the actual comments. TMZ maybe improve on your software or staffing?

455 days ago

Preserve the Tiger    

This lawsuit is bunk! Any reputable doctor will tell you that a huge weight loss, or a huge weight gain, will cause gallbladder problems! Jenny Craig, like NutriSystem, is an awesome program, and nutritionally well-balanced. Years ago when I was on NutriSystem there were people claiming this same garbage. All bunk!

455 days ago


1000 gallstones? Seriously? Not one of them caused bile duct blockage and became life threatening? 1000 gallstones? If she had that many gallstones she should have genetic testing because I doubt if the components of a Jenny Craig diet would be the cause. What a crock.

455 days ago


Never heard of any weight loss products doingthis. That being said, maybe she should have used Weight Watchers point system where you choose the foods you want and just keep up with the points. Or maybe Neutra Systems. I hear thed food is ready to go and just heat it up. Better yett why not just try to not get fat as hell in the first place. Maybe her problem came as a result of being a lard ass for so many years.

455 days ago


Actually this is true. I had this happen to me. Went to the Diet Center in the 80s and started having lots of pain. I thought I was having a heart attack. Found it was 1000's of tiny gall stones (I eventually saw them) and my gastro doc told me what happened and he said The Diet Center made him a lot of business. Two kinds of gall stones this one is caused by a too low fat diet and the bile salts crystallize. They looked like raspberries but all the little bumps would break apart. Wish I had sued I still have issues from it.

455 days ago


Based on this comment alone:

"But the worst part, according to Shapshay ... Jenny Craig KNEW its program could lead to gallbladder disease ... but failed to inform their customers of the risks."

Sounds like we have a clear-cut winner. Get a good lawyer to argue that.

455 days ago


Eating a diet too high in fat for too many years is also a condition that can lead to gallstones, as well as weight loss. Doubtful she can win this law suit. How many thousands of people are on JC? Vast majority don't get gallstones.

455 days ago
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