Gemma Collins admits she regrets promoting controversial weight loss injections while trying to lose weight and thinks the word “diet” should be banned.
The TV personality joined media figures including former Atomic Kitten star Kerry Katona in endorsing SkinnyJabs’ ‘quick fix’ weight loss treatment after admitting she wanted to lose six stones by using the £ 250 injections.
However, her paid promotional work has since been dismissed as ‘irresponsible’ amid claims that the product itself has potential ‘life-affecting’ side effects, and Gemma, 40, says she admits now its involvement.
Second thought: Gemma Collins admits she regrets promoting controversial weight loss injections while trying to lose weight and thinks the word ‘diet’ should be banned
Speaking on her UKTN Sounds podcast, she said: ‘I said I wasn’t promoting any diet injections or anything like that.
“ Kinda regret that I did, but I feel like sometimes you’re in a desperate place and want to lose weight, but in fact I’m now a long way from that diet promotion. ”
She added: ‘I wish we could get rid of that word diet, people think, oh my diet, that’s a bad thing. This is basically what works for you.
Old times: The TV personality joined media figures including former Atomic Kitten star Kerry Katona in endorsing the ‘quick fix’ weight loss treatment SkinnyJabs (pictured at a launch of SkinnyJabs in 2019)
As recently as 2020, Gemma posted promotional photos of the brand on Instagram, where she has 2.1 million subscribers, alongside the caption: “A lot of people told me, ‘Gemma, you are beautiful, how are you doing? SkinnyJab helped me through the process.
The caption also featured the ‘#AD’ warning, which celebrities should use when a post is paid for.
Ironically, Gemma was also paid to advertise the takeout service Deliveroo, and previously posted a video in which she ate Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Change of mind: Gemma, 40, says she now admits getting involved in the paid promotion
The jabs have raised concerns because they contain the drug Liraglutide, with 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 breathing problems.
It is generally approved for two types of patients: people 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 without underlying pathologies.
Liraglutide is not routinely prescribed on the NHS for weight loss. According to trials, users lose around 8% of their body weight after one year of treatment. But beyond two years, there is a lack of evidence showing that patients maintain weight.
Few cases of thyroid cancer have occurred in patients, but those with thyroid disease and a family history of thyroid cancer are excluded from treatment with liraglutide because of the risk. S
Speaking in 2020, Skinny Jab Founder Caroline Balazs said: “ The health and safety of every patient is at the heart of our philosophy. ”
Here we go: The TV personality has since embarked on a new health regimen and regularly updates his fans on his social media progress
New Management: “In our 20s and 30s we don’t think about it, and I just try to be fit and healthy by the minute. I’m on a huge health campaign, ” she told podcast listeners
Speaking in 2019, Gemma admitted that she wished she had more injections before a potential breast reduction.
She told The Sun: ‘I would be really happy if I lost six stones as it would bring me back to 12 stones and a size 16. My breasts are so big and I want to shrink them in January but I have to lose three stones. before being able to operate.
To lose weight, Gemma said she would have the injections again, explaining, “ The last time I had them I didn’t eat for four days. Nothing at all. I just didn’t have an appetite.
“You just don’t think about food or hunger. It’s fantastic and it really works for me.
Old times: Speaking in 2019, Gemma admitted she wished she had more injections before potential breast reduction
The TV personality has since embarked on a new health regimen and regularly updates his fans on his progress on social media.
She told podcast listeners: ‘Since I was 40, I have become so much more health conscious and I may regret that I did not take my health as seriously as I should have.
“ In our 20s and 30s we don’t think about it, and I’m just trying to be so fit and healthy by the minute. I am on a huge health campaign. ”