Some are complaining in Australia that their tax dollars are being allocated to cruel clinical trials for overweight teens. Children’s Hospital in Sydney and Melbourne are inviting overweight teenagers in a controversial weight-loss trial that experts are calling “cruel.” The Fast Track Trial involves 13 to 17-year old’s not eating on alternate days of the week and enduring severe calorie restrictions. This $1.2 million taxpayer-funded program is aimed at teens who “Might be above a healthy weight” and includes a month-long “very-low energy” diet. The kids are randomly selected into two groups where they will engage in either “modified alternate-day fasting” or they will be placed on a “reduced calorie plan” for 10 weeks. A clinical psychologist, Louise Adams, called the trial “a grueling and prolonged semi-starvation experiment.” The goal of the trial “is to determine if a modified alternate day fasting dietary pattern results in significant weight loss and a lower BMI (body mass index) when compared to a standard reduced calorie dietary pattern.