Diet teas and pills are taking over our culture and it is impossible to escape these harmful and dangerous products. With advertisements from the Kardashians and Jenners promoting detox products this idea of losing weight from a tea or pill continues to influence many people.
These advertisements have sparked conversations about whether diet teas and diet pills are healthy. The products being advertised claim to “[gently] detoxify your intestinal tract free of built-up toxins,” but according to Dr. Louise Newson, from the article,“ 8 reasons why you should avoid detox tea for the sake of your health,” the products usually contain some sort of laxative, similar to the root, senna. The laxative would cause the person using it to defecate everything they have drunk and eaten. This creates the illusion that these products have realistic effects on the person using it, encouraging the use of the products. Using laxatives regularly may cause dehydration, kidney failure, and liver damage, which are detrimental to one’s health.
Although companies have said that their diet products have worked on many of their customers, doctors say that the teas and pills only cause the person to lose their water weight, giving the appearance that they have actually lost the weight.
Many influencers continue to encourage the use of diet products because they gain a large revenue out of the advertisement, but oftentimes they do not use the product on a daily basis. Celebrities maintain their “perfect” shape not as a result of taking using diet products every day, but because of plastic surgery, personal trainers, and their own nutritionist. This creates a false sense of hope among their followers, causing pressure to build in obtaining the “perfect body” on young, impressionable teenagers as well as people with body dysmorphia.
People believe there is an ideal body to obtain to be accepted by society because of advertisements trying to get them to lose weight, similar to the diet teas and pills shown all over social media. This creates low self-esteem within people, which can lead to body dysmorphia and eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia. At least 30 million people in the United States suffer from eating disorders and having advertisements for such products does not lower the number.
An alternative to promoting diet products would be to promote healthier lifestyles and to educate others about how the diet products advertised are a waste of time and money because they do not work and would have harmful effects on the body after daily usage. Accepting different body types is difficult with influencers promoting diet products to help get the “ideal body.”; It is hard to feel happy and free in one’s body, but being educated and talking to a medical professional would help one to get one step closer.