Gemma Collins admits she regrets promoting controversial weight loss injections while trying to slim down, and thinks the word ‘diet’ should be banned.
The TV personality joined media figures, including former Atomic Kitten star Kerry Katona, by endorsing the ‘quick fix’ for weight loss SkinnyJabs after admitting she’d like to lose six stone by using the £ 250 injections.
However, her paid promotional work has since been dismissed as ‘irresponsible’ due to claims that the product itself has potential ‘life-affecting’ side effects, and Gemma, 40, says she now admits she got involved.
Second thoughts: Gemma Collins admits she regrets promoting controversial weight loss injections while trying to slim down and thinks the word ‘diet’ should be banned
In her BBC Sounds podcast, she said, ‘I have said I am not promoting diet injections or anything like that.
“ I kind of regret it, but I feel like sometimes you are in such a desperate place and want to lose weight, but actually I love this diet promotion right now. ”
She added, ‘Wish we could get rid of that word diet, people think oh my god it’s a bad thing. It’s really just what works for you. ‘
Old Times: The TV personality joined media figures including former Atomic Kitten star Kerry Katona in endorsing the ‘quick fix’ to weight loss treatment SkinnyJabs (pictured during a SkinnyJabs launch in 2019)
As late as 2020, Gemma posted promotional photos for the brand on Instagram, where she has 2.1 million followers, alongside the caption, “A lot of people said to me,” Gemma, you look great, how are you doing? ” SkinnyJab helped me all the way. ‘
The caption also included the ‘#AD’ disclaimer, which celebrities must use when a post is paid.
Paradoxically, Gemma was also paid to advertise takeout service Deliveroo, previously posting a video of her eating Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Change of Heart: Gemma, 40, says she now admits getting involved in the paid promotion
The self-administered shots have been of concern because they contain the drug liraglutide, putting users at risk of developing cancer, low blood pressure, rashes, and swelling of the lips, face, and tongue.
Other negative side effects include dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, indigestion, constipation and difficulty breathing.
It is generally approved for two types of patients: those with a BMI over 27 and a weight-related health problem, such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure, and obese patients with a BMI over 30 and no underlying conditions.
Liraglutide is not routinely prescribed by the NHS for weight loss. According to studies, users lose about eight percent of their body weight after one year of treatment. But after two years, there is a lack of evidence showing that patients keep the weight off.
In 2019, Gemma admitted she was keen to get more injections in anticipation of a possible boob reduction.
She said The sun: ‘I would be really happy if I lost six stones because that would cut me down to 12 stones and a size 16. My breasts are so big and I want to shrink them in January but I need to lose three stones before they can operate . ‘
To lose weight, Gemma said she would have the injections again and explained, “The last time I had them, I didn’t eat for four days. Literally nothing. I just wasn’t hungry.
‘You just don’t think about eating or being hungry. It’s fantastic and really works for me. ‘
The TV personality has since embarked on a new health regimen, regularly updating fans on her social media progress.
She told podcast listeners, ‘Since I turned 40, I’ve become so much more aware of my health and I regret that I may not take my health as seriously as I should have.
‘In our twenties and thirties we don’t think about it, and I’m just trying to be so fit and healthy right now. I am on a massive health drive. ‘