Jameela Jamil, better known for her philanthropic character from the show “The Good Place” is taking on a major diet fad infecting social media today.
If you have ever watched an episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” or seen their social media you will know they often get paid to promote various products and brands by simply posting a link in their bio and posting provocative barley dressed photos to grab attention from their followers.
It isn’t only the Kardashians that do it, any person that claims to be an influencer has most likely done a promotional post about some diet shake or chewable pill or appetite suppressing lollipops.
Jameela Jamil, known for her role in “The Good Place” starring alongside Kirsten Bell, became tired of seeing these toxic posts all over her social media. Many exclaiming that weight loss was an easy way to be classified as beautiful, thus spreading a toxic message to anyone seeing the posts. Having battled eating disorders early on, Jameela knows first hand what it means to see images like these and what kind of toll they have on a young mind.
“I was the teenager who starved herself for years, who spent all her money on these miracle cures and laxatives and tips from celebrities on how to maintain a weight that was lower than what my body wanted it to be. I was sick, I have had digestion and metabolism problems for life”
She started confronting the celebs in these images, asking if they had even tried the toxic powders they were so keen on promoting to young girls and women.
It all started in November of 2018 when she started calling celebs out for their actions. She wasn’t just shaming them, she hoped to educate these powerful celebs to use their platforms for good. She created a funny video to show just what it is like when people actually used these products.
Kourtney Kardashians has since been online in the new year, promoting one of these shakes. Naturally, Jameela was notified so she reshared the video she had made.
“I see the diarrhoea powder pushers are back out in full force pouting next to their laxative-shakes… so I’m gonna roll this baby back out… so we can all grasp just how gross they are and what they’re doing is…”
If celebs and influencers were actually honest with us about some of these diet/detox products… pic.twitter.com/OQsJobGOQN
— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) November 28, 2018
Her choice to speak out is in aid of women and young girls who battle daily to feel like they measure up to an unrealistic image. In a discussion during a podcast with Channel 4 called “Ways to change the world”, she discussed what women, selling these types of items, were really like – wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing.
‘You’re selling us an ideal, a body shape, a problem with our wrinkles, a problem with aging, a problem with gravity, a problem with any kind of body fat.
‘You’re selling us self-consciousness, the same poison that made you clearly develop some sort of body dysmorphia or facial dysmorphia you are now pouring back into the world. You’re, like, recycling hatred.
‘And I find that really dangerous and I think that’s unacceptable and I don’t care if you’re a woman. I think constructive criticism is needed for anyone to ever evolve.’
She considers herself to be a body-positive activist and hopes that her own mistakes will help others steer clear of these types of products.
Let’s start a thread of our horror stories about using weight loss products you buy over the internet. I’ll go first, I used them as a teen and my digestive system, metabolism, thyroid and kidneys were damaged for over a decade. My mental health didn’t fare well either. 😑 pic.twitter.com/1MxmWKcEAk
— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) January 2, 2019
We love that Jameela is standing up for a cause and using a bit of good humour to help save many women from danger and disappointment. What are your thoughts?