Comedian sues Jenny Craig after suffering from 1,000 gallstones and a miscarriage

Nadine Kalinauskas
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It's not hard to find someone disappointed with a popular diet program. But one woman isn't just unhappy with her Jenny Craig experience, she's suing for damages.

Writer/comedian Mara Shapshay claims she had to have 1,000 gallstones removed from her body thanks to the diet — and that the weight-loss company knew its pre-packaged food products were dangerous and failed to warn customers of their adverse effects.

Shapshay, who writes for Glamour and performs regularly at Laugh Factory, filed the lawsuit this week.

In the suit, Sharpshay outlines her history with the company: In 2011, she joined Jenny Craig with the hopes of shedding a few pounds. About a year later, she was hospitalized with severe abdominal pain. Doctors discovered, then removed, roughly 1,000 gallstones.

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Shapshay goes on to blame the Jenny Craig diet plan for a recent miscarriage and claims that she now suffers from fatigue, pain and nausea.

TMZ exclusively reports on the lawsuit in which Shapshay claims Jenny Craig knew its program could lead to gallbladder disease — and was negligent in warning customers about the dangerous side effects of its products.

Shapshay is seeking unspecified damages.

This isn't the first claim that Jenny Craig diet products cause gallbladder disease.

In 1994, Jenny Craig Inc. settled a class action lawsuit from 360,000 Orange County, California, clients after it was alleged that its products caused gallbladder disease. While the company refused to admit any wrongdoing, it shelled out $10 million — and gave away an additional $36 million in merchandise — to the angry dieters, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Jenny Craig Inc. calls Shapshay's claims "irresponsible."

"Out of respect for the legal process, we usually do not comment on possible litigation. However, given this extreme claim we feel it is important to publicly respond," a Jenny Craig spokesperson tells the Daily Mail. "While Jenny Craig is sympathetic to any person suffering from medical conditions, it is irresponsible to claim that the Jenny Craig program was the cause of these issues."

"Jenny Craig’s program, whose clinical trial was published in JAMA in 2011, is designed by registered dieticians in close consultation with a medical advisory board and reflects the guidelines of major health organizations. Clients following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 pounds per week. This is a safe rate of weight loss that results from a nutritionally-balanced menu that is moderately low in fat," the spokesperson adds.

This lawsuit is a clear attempt to incite the public and seek a quick settlement."