Fans Are Calling Trisha Paytas Out For Promoting "Appetite Suppressant Lolipops"

17 May 2018, 12:10 | Updated: 17 May 2018, 12:30

Trisha Paytas advertising "appetite suppressant lollipops"
Trisha Paytas. Picture: Trisha Paytas // Instagram

By Josh Lee

The YouTuber is a body-positivity advocate.

Trisha Paytas has followed in the footsteps of Kim Kardashian by promoting "appetite suppressant lollipops" - and fans aren't happy about it.

"Okay, so I just got my hands on @flattummyco’s brand new product," Trisha wrote in an Instagram post featuring the product. "They’re appetite suppressant lollipops… which I didn’t even know was a thing till now. I don’t know how they did it, but they’re super yum and made without artificial flavors or artificial preservatives! I already know I’m going to be bringing these around with me all summer and sharing with the girls. You should probably grab your own pack before they’re gone. #flattummypops"

Fans quickly began calling Trisha Paytas out in the comments.

"You have such a ide audience of impressionable young people," one fan comments. "Very disappointed to see someone who stand as a role model for confidence and self-acceptance promote something like this," they added.

Another accused Trisha of being a "hypocrite," saying, "You've talks about having eating disorders on your channel and your legit promoting something that is encouraging girls to starve themselves."

"Gotta love influencers that claims [sic] to promote body positivity just to turn around and instead actually promote diet culture and disordered eating habits," another fan added.

Others defended Trisha's right to advertise what she wants on her social media.

"She's a grown woman and doesn't need a ton of little girls telling her what to do," one fan commented. Other fans agreed, with one adding, "it's just a damn ad."

Are diet lollipops and similar products dangerous?

At least one eating disorder charity has condemned the product, but stopped short of saying it could directly lead to disordered eating. Tom Quinn, director of external affairs at eating disorder charity Beat told The Telegraph, "Eating disorders are mental illnesses with complex causes, so it is unlikely that this product would be the sole and direct reason for someone developing one." However, we know that appetite suppressants are used by people with restrictive eating disorders like anorexia, and feel it is harmful to widely distribute and promote such products."

Where did these appetite suppressant lollipops come from?

The sweets are sold by Flat Tummy Co, a company which commonly uses influencers to promote diet teas, milkshakes and snacks. The company came under fire from the Advertising Standards Agency last year after it was found that some of their health claims weren't approved by the European Union. The alleged "benefits" of the lollipop itself, including suppressing your appetite, have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

If you're struggling with disordered eating in the UK, please contact Beat's helpline on 08088010677, 08088010711 if you're under 18, or 08088010811 if you're a student.