Happy Sunday, #peachybabes! In today's post, we're asking for some more self love. We want to talk about some realness that Jameela Jamil, founder of the ‘I Weigh’ body positivity movement served on Khloe Kardashian’s Instagram the other day. Before we get into it, we want to make it clear that we aren’t throwing shade at anyone or putting anyone down for personal choices. We wholeheartedly believe and have continuously preached that self-love is a personal journey that should not be reliant on anyone else’s opinions but your own. We do feel that social media has a tendency to be misleading, leaving followers to make decisions on uninformed claims and we believe that detox teas fall into that category.
So, we’ve talked a bit about Jameela Jamil and her body positive movement in a previous blog and we highly recommend you check it out. It’s all about making people realize that the number on the scale doesn’t define them; what makes them happy, what they’ve accomplished, and who they are is what determines their ‘weight’. We’ve also talked about Jamil’s stance on trendy detox teas and how they’re over-glorified because celebrities post about them without informing their followers of the facts and possible risks behind these kinds of products. It’s questionable if these celebrities such as Khloe Kardashian actually use these products, all we know is that every post is compounded with a #ad in the caption meaning that they’re getting paid to post this.
Celebrities don’t really talk about how these products are meant to be supplements to diet and exercise, you’re often losing only water weight and not actual fat, there are unwanted side effects including diarrhea as Jamil showcased in a funny yet honest Instagram post, they can interfere with sleep, and the research on these products so far is very narrow meaning both short-term and long-term side effects aren’t fully known. (Health.com)
The other day, Khloe posted on Instagram about how she’s loving her tummy as of late because of the brand Flat Tummy and their meal replacement shakes, she also talks about the brand’s detox teas. You can see the post below.
Jamil called Kardashian out on her post and we appreciate the realness she served. Her comment can be seen to the left. As I said above, we don’t want to put anyone down for their choices and we really want that to be understood with this post. This can be a touchy subject, our one and only stance on this topic is advocating for safe and informed decisions and that’s why we’re highlighting Jamil’s comment. A product shouldn’t be bought simply because a celebrity is endorsing it, especially a product that is consumed and processed within the body. Instagram should be more than flat tummy’s and perfect selfies, especially from women like Khloe who are role models to millions of followers. Of course, Khloe has kept it real over the years in all facets of her life and we can appreciate that but body image, in real life and on Instagram, should be much more transparent than it is in today’s society.These posts are causing people to think that this magic drink will give you Khloe’s abs or 'flat tummy' and that’s not the truth. Furthermore, these posts also cause followers to believe that a flat tummy is an important body feature to have when it's absolutely not. Diet culture is toxic which is ironic considering a staple of today's diet culture is 'detox tea'. In response to a similar post from Kris Jenner, Jamil again points out that most of these products are not FDA approved and doesn't understand why it's not necessary to be listing product side effects alongside these posts. She has also called out other stars including Iggy Azalea, Cardi B, and Amber Rose asking for these women's discounts to personal chefs, nutritionists, personal trainers, and so on to emphasize that these women are not solely using these products, if they are using them at all, to lose weight or maintain their body image. If you take anything away from this blog post, we hope it's that your body is meant to be loved and that love is not dependent on the shape of your belly, the shape of someone else's belly, or the opinions of others. Your opinion on your body is the only one that matters so only make decisions based on your opinion and make sure the decisions you make are informed, researched, and proven to be healthy for you because a fad sold over the internet isn't likely to make you feel better. It's time to stop letting media sway our perception of body image.