Actress Jameela Jamil hits out at celebrity influencers promoting diet fads

Actress Jameela Jamil hits out at celebrity influencers promoting diet fads

Jameela Jamil has a thing or two to say to celebrities selling poor dieting and beauty products on social media.

Jamil, who plays the wonderful Tahani in NBC's 'The Good Place', took to Twitter to call out the bad practices involved with weight-loss products targeted towards women.

The brand involved is Flat Tummy Co., a company creating health products heavily targeted at young women. The company is known for its signature teas and shakes that claim to "cleanse your system, support metabolism and reduce your bloating", as well as 'appetite suppressant' lollipops.

The actress reshared a post from Khloe Kardashian's Instagram which depicted the influencer promoting Flat Tummy's signature shakes. Jamil highlighted that Kardashian will most likely have a personal trainer and health professionals surrounding her and that her appearance is not caused by the effects of the Flat Tummy products as her Instagram post seems to suggest.

The post received responses from other women claiming that Flat Tummy's products were bogus and don't do what they're supposed to do. Health blogger FitnessByBlue tweeted "I tried one of these for my blog to prove that they’re just BS. Basically just make you poop and the pain makes you feel like your insides are dying".

Love yourself

Jamil also had a few choice words regarding influencers that are irresponsibility promoting these types of products to young girls and women.

In a separate post, she calls the act a "poisonous rhetoric" and goes on to explain how products like Flat Tummy Co.'s don't actually make you thinner.

"They make you sh*t," Jamil says. "They give you diarrhea, which gives you a flatter tummy for a day. THAT'S ALL."

"It's not safe. It's not FDA approved. No doctors advise you to use this stuff."

Jamil doesn't actively hit out at Kardashian for promoting the products but highlights how the social star has been conditioned by her surroundings to care so much about her appearance.

"Tying your worth to the flatness of your tummy is empty and a waste of your brilliant mind," she adds.

"Please look at the bigger picture and love yourself."

Jamil makes a solid point. Products like the consumables sold by Flat Tummy Co. are harmful as it is, and the added push by countless social media influencers creates a toxic space where impressionable women believe these products will make them look like the superstars they follow online.



Danielle Partis is editor of and former editor of She was named Journalist of the Year at the MCV Women in Games Awards 2019, as well as in the MCV 30 under 30 2020. Prior to Steel Media, she wrote about music and games at Team Rock.