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The Food Safety Authority of Ireland have recalled four Miss Fit Skinny tea and coffee products over 'misleading labelling'.

Miss Fit Skinny Tea 14 Day Skinny Tea, Miss Fit Skinny Tea Max, Miss Fit Slimming Coffee 14 Day Fat Burning Instant Coffee and Miss Fit Skinny Coffee Max are the products which will be recalled.

The FSAI released a statement on the matter, saying; "All batches of the above four Miss Fit products are being recalled due to incorrect, misleading and ambiguous labelling."

"Amongst the labelling breaches are health claims which are not authorised and are therefore misleading to the consumer."


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Products from the brand have been asked to be removed from the market. Shops have been ordered to remove the detox products from the shelves and display point-of-sale notices to correctly inform customers.

There has been a huge amount of backlash in recent months to 'quick fix' weight loss brands such as these, with the head doctor of the NHS condemning weight-loss advertisements and Jameela Jamil fronting a campaign against them.

After rapper Cardi B endorsed the teas, which contain ingredients akin to laxatives, Jamil wrote on Twitter: "If you want to “curb your appetite” eat some damn green vegetables or have some nutritious natural vegetable soup."

"Don’t drink these “detox” teas. You need fibre! Not something that honestly just makes you have diarrhoea the day you take it and constipates you in the long run…"

They were recalled due to the misinformed labelling, and it can't be a negative thing for young women and their mental health that action is finally being taken against them.

Hazel Wallace, better known as The Food Medic, claims that;

"Some of these detoxes are really dangerous and not healthy at all, especially some of the skinny teas," said Hazel, who is a junior doctor and a certified personal trainer. and therefore has healthcare and nutrition experience.

"Although they claim they are natural many drugs are actually from nature but it doesn’t make them naturally good for you. Your liver does the detoxing for your body you don’t need a green tea to detox,’ she said.


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Wallace also commented on senna leaves, a laxative which leads to dehydration;

"Some of these skinny teas have laxatives which we actually use as doctors to prescribe to people who are severely constipated, so clearly you are going to lose weight if you not absorbing any of the nutrients and its just passing through your system."

"This can cause so much damage to your digestive system, you lose water, you lose nutrients and you can damage the gut lining."

A petition from Jamil has been signed 138,000 times already, asking for celebrities to be banned from endorsing weight loss products.


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The Kardashians especially have endorsed numerous weight-loss products, gaining huge criticism from Jameela Jamil especially as well as healthcare professionals. Many have even claimed that they encourage body dysmorphia.

Detox teas have previously faced backlash after a string of unplanned pregnancies happened when the effectiveness of the contraceptive pill was reduced due to the laxative effects in the detox teas.

Be extremely wary of what you're consuming in terms of nutrition, weight-loss is about health, exercise and a balanced diet, not running to the loo every ten minutes.

Keep an eye out for valid healthcare professionals' advice on the matter, and make sure your emotional and mental health is also prioritised.


Body-shaming is still massively prevalent in our society, without question.

Despite the cold, hard fact that it's 2019, people still feel the incessant need to pull others down for their appearance, and their weight.

Loey Lane is a well-known, GORGEOUS, experienced YouTuber who just so happens to be plus-sized. She speaks about it regularly, preaching the value of health above self-hatred and dieting.


15-25. One is miserable in her own skin, chased the high of seeing a lower number on the scale every time she stepped on. She was overcome by her own demons. One is confident and in love with her own body. She told those demons to fuck off.  Turned off the comments because random people who have no idea who I am don’t know how to act lol. It has nothing to do with weight. It has everything to do with the fact that I hated myself for a long time because of the way I looked, and now everything I do is out of self love. I go to the gym because I love myself, not because I hate my body. I eat healthier because I want to feel good in my own skin. I take better care of myself now than I ever did eating 500 calories a day.

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The vlogger has now released a shocking video of a diet pill company using footage of her as part of their horrendously shameful advertising campaign.

After returning from a sportswear photoshoot with iconic make-up guru James Charles, the model discovered a video selling diet pills which utilised images of her as their 'before' template, and she's understandably fuming.

CarbonFire 213 Complex makes it ridiculously difficult to find reviews of it online, but the video proclaims the product to be a certified miracle for anyone who wants to lose weight.


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Diet pills have entered the media for an assortment of reasons over the last few years, with activists and public figures such as Jameela Jamil slamming weight-loss products which do more harm than good.

The Kardashians are renowned for selling appetite suppressants and weight-loss consumer goods, much to the dismay of many body positivity figures and health experts alike.

There are an array of dangers associated with items such as these, which are essentially glorified laxatives.

The advertising campaigns in the media are arguably as harmful, telling women their weight creates everyday problems such as finding a husband, having failing health and being embarrassed to look in the mirror.

Loey Lane shows the video advert to her following, and it's one of the worst examples of body-shaming we've seen yet. It opens with a beautiful, pale-skinned blonde woman gazing at silk wedding gowns, after her friend asks her to be her maid-of-honour for a wedding.

"How I Fit Into My Wedding Dress" is the video's apparent title, despite the fact that it's NOT HER WEDDING. The problems aren't hard to spot throughout the disgraceful imagery.

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 The blonde woman looks into the camera lens, and the words; "Believe me, I wasn't always this way. This was me before losing all that weight," flash across the screen.

Lo-and-behold, the woman is now Loey Lane, allegedly the same person as the blonde woman.

Alright then, at this stage we've lost count of the issues within the video, and it's only about ten seconds in.

As if the ad itself isn't traumatising enough to watch, actual graphics for OTHER diet pill companies and body-shaming articles pop up on the side of the screen. An assault is what that is.

"I'm going to share my secret so that it can be easy for you!" the advert claims. Thank God for that.

"A few months ago, one of my best friends from high school texted me. She was getting married and she wanted me to be her bridesmaid. I was SO excited, but there was just one thing… I was SO overweight," the video continues. Wow.

"I couldn't go to the wedding like this, I was so pretty in high school and I would be so embarrassed looking like this. I wanted to go to the wedding and look like I did when I was 18. You know- slim, pretty, looking great in some heels." *Sharpens pitchfork*

"I cut out all junk food. I worked out every single day. After four months, I was still embarrassed to look in the mirror…my personal trainer friend said if I wanted to lose weight fast, I had to supercharge my metabolism."

Classic *insert scientific words here to fumble the consumer's brain* tactics. 

"At this point I was desperate…time was running out." This isn't dismantling a bomb, you won't die if you attend your best friend's wedding at ANY weight.

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"How could I show my face at the wedding looking like this?" Looking like.. a human woman? *Gasp* "I was even considering not showing up." Priorities aren't in order there, love.

"CarbonFire Complex claimed to boost metabolism using only the healthiest ingredients, they looked very professional." Yes, and Donald Trump looks very diplomatic.

"After only a few days, I dropped a dress size. Ten days later, I lost two dress sizes. I felt lighter on my feet." Because your digestive system has just wasted away, perhaps?

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"After another week, I was down three sizes. By the time the wedding came around, I lost seven dress sizes. I was getting a LOT more attention from guys, I almost felt bad for the bride, because I was getting so many compliments."

Male attention should be the motivational factor for every woman, after all. 

This all comes at the reasonable price of ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS, by the way. You can buy happiness, male sexual attention and confidence all at this lovely sale.

The blonde woman in the video revealed herself as Amanda John, and she also did not consent to be used for the branding.

So they effectively stole imagery from two women without their permission and used it to scam vulnerable, hard-working people online with low self-esteem because of ads exactly like this, shaming their weight. As if a weighing scales can tell you your worth.

We hope Loey Lane and Amanda John take legal action against CarbonFire Complex, Lord knows they deserve it.

A reminder, there is no such thing as a magic pill. Your worth encompasses your hopes, fears, intelligence, beliefs, morals, family values, friends, career and everything in between, not just your appearance alone.

You can't lose weight and discover joy at the end of the scales.

Take a look at Loey Lane's original video below for some fresh morning rage;

Feature image: @loeybug/Instagram


By Kate Brayden

Celebrities are often paid to endorse certain products, but the beauty industry is by far their most popular clients. We live in an age of social media dangers where one Instagram photo from an influential person can cause sales of the products which they are advertising to skyrocket.

What also must be noted is the health advice which is passed around the internet perpetuated by celebrities does not necessarily have their followers’ best intentions at heart.

Poor messaging can lead to dangerous consequences, and numerous organisations such as the National Eating Disorder Association have branded the Kardashian family’s representation of weight loss products as ‘triggering’ for those who struggle with eating disorders.


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Kristina Saffran, who co-founded Project Heal, stated that “To joke about anorexia in any respect is not only wrong but really harmful and dangerous — especially when Kim has so many followers, and many are young, impressionable girls.”

Kim herself has said in the past that people's criticism of her body is 'like literally giving me body dysmorphia,' on an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians

The NEDA has also claimed that the Kardashian family, mainly Kim, shows the classic signs of body dysmorphia: which is characterised by the extreme preoccupation with your own body’s defects and flaws.

Kim Kardashian West has had her fair share of controversy, and attention is always on her and the rest of her family when it comes to their bodies and weight. Their brand has mainly revolved around their image, let’s be honest.

Only a privileged and elite few can keep up with the same type of lifestyle as the Kardashians, yet millions of their fans aspire to be and look exactly like them, including by using their weight loss products.

She came under fire in May for endorsing the use of appetite suppressing lollipops, which literally encouraged people to curb their hunger in order to look slim. Now I’m no dietician, but this has to be one of the most unhealthiest things on earth. Her post was later deleted, but featured her recommending the lollipops to 111 million followers, most of them young women.


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She also got into trouble in 2012 for advertising diet pills which were known in the medical world for causing more damage than good for the health of those who used them. All it takes is a quick scan through the websites of brands like Boohoo, Nasty Gal, Missguided, Oh Polly etc to see models who look exactly like the Kardashians, which is no coincidence.

They have huge selling power, and a powerful influence over their followers. Unfortunately, this also includes the Kardashian attitudes towards weight loss.

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They have the most expensive personal trainers in the world, the best stylists, photographers that follow them around constantly to get the best shots and angles so that they look their best- but it’s not the real world. They are perpetuating a reality that is totally airbrushed and staged, and their endorsement weight loss products simply make money off the unhealthy ways in which women look at their bodies.

Their platform could be used in a much more positive way to help their young fans gain self-confidence as opposed to dramatically changing their appearance to look thinner or curvier in places that literally only plastic surgery could manage.

Kardashian’s original controversial tweet wrote: ”Got cravings? Well girl, tell them to #suckit because our NEW Appetite Suppressant Lollipops are going to keep you in check. Best bit? They're only 35 calories per pop!”


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The lollipops brand themselves as containing Satiereal, an appetite suppressant derived from the Crocus Sativus plant. However, the lollipops haven’t reviewed by the FDA, so it's unknown if they're even safe to use, yet they are being endorsed by the most famous family in America.

Kim Kardashian and her sisters Khloe, Kourtney, Kendall and Kylie have also acted as brand ambassadors for companies selling Sugar Bear Hair gummies, waist trainers and Flat Tummy Tea, to name a few.

Flat Tummy Co. has gained its own share of criticism for the negative messaging which its campaigns emanate: among them claiming that vegetables aren’t a good way to lose weight.

They sell an impossible ideal to women, and yet the most followed people in the world on Instagram endorse their messages.


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Actress Jameela Jamil has frequently criticised Kim Kardashian for her social media posts on how to lose weight, as if women need to take up less space in the world to have any worth.

She has described the Kardashian way of social media life as ‘recycling self-hatred’ and ‘selling us self consciousness’.

Sharing the tweet of Kim’s fat loss post, the actress, journalist and activist questioned 'How do we minimize this woman’s bulls***?'

She’s got a point tbh.

It comes after the British actress previously described Kim, 37, as 'terrible and toxic influence' for her weight loss endorsements, which are also false advertising at its finest.

The Kardashians have been accused of perpetuating an eating disorder culture numerous times before, most recently in May when Kim Kardashian was told by her sisters that she looked ‘anorexic’, to which her reply was ‘THANK YOU!!!!’. If that isn’t unsettling, I don’t know what is.

Dr Liam Hackett, activist and CEO of ‘Ditch the Label’ has claimed that over 1.25 million people in the UK are struggling with eating disorders currently.

He spoke about the damage of the Kardashian clan’s endorsements of weight loss products as deeply concerning and reckless:

At the end of the day, it bears meaning to think of women’s worth as being much more than what they weigh on the scales, but do the Kardashians truly believe that themselves? I doubt it.