Spill the weight loss tea

Illustration by Christian Ayala

Many celebrities and influencers post pictures promoting products. Lately there has been a wave of posts promoting detox and weight-loss teas. These companies claim their products can help people lose weight.

Before an influencer decides to promote a product, they should research what they endorse to their audience. Companies pay influencers to promote a product, and it can be enticing to take an offer for a paycheck, but morals should always come first.

By promoting weight-loss teas, influencers promote unhealthful weight-loss methods and eating disorders. It is wrong for influencers to promote these products to impressionable audiences. The majority of sponsored influencers are fitness accounts or Instagram models. A huge percentage of their followings are young women who are easily influenced by social media.

Women look at these gorgeous models and compare themselves to them. Social media has a huge influence on their expectations of beauty. Women who want to look like their favorite influencers might be convinced to buy products that influencers promote. If weight-loss teas are being portrayed as a method to look healthy and beautiful, then followers are more likely to buy them.

In their sponsored posts, some influencers claim the tea they promote contributed to their toned bodies. In reality, these influencers are on strict diets and work out religiously to achieve amazing figures. Saying that weight-loss teas are the reason they look that way is false advertising.

Weight-loss teas can be enticing to some, especially if their favorite influencer is promoting it. Detox tea companies profit from people’s insecurities, because these posts basically say that someone can look like a model if they buy the product. These companies profit from people’s desire to lose weight and be thinner, without supplying them with long lasting results.

Weight-loss teas are not a healthful way to lose weight. Most detox teas are technically laxatives, according to The Cleveland Clinic. Most products contain ingredients like nettle leaf, dandelion leaf and senna leaf, which are diuretics.

As a diuretic, detox teas are naturally dehydrating. The weight loss people see from these teas is just a loss of water weight. There is no evidence that tea will contribute to weight-loss in the long run.

According to the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), there is no convincing evidence that proves detox and cleansing products will remove any toxins or improve people’s health. The reason consumers may be losing weight in conjunction with drinking tea could be due to calorie-deficient diets.

The NCCIH stated weight-loss tea companies have even been found guilty of putting harmful ingredients in its products, and action has been taken by the United States Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission to combat this.

Influencers should not promote these harmful teas to their followers just for a paycheck. It is wrong to promote something that preys on people’s insecurities.