Posted at 12:17 PM Dec 11, 2009By Kiala Kazebee
And then, this morning, Khloe (the tall one) and Kim (the original one) Kardashian were on the Rachel Ray show shilling for their new employer, QuickTrim.
QuickTrim is a yet-to-be FDA approved "supplement" which claims to "boost your metabolism." I love this phrase "boost your metabolism." You know what else "boosts your metabolism?" COCAINE. Scientifically, yes, caffeine and other stimulants do rev up your system but at a tremendous risk. Obviously I'm not a doctor but I do have a working brain and some things are just common sense. Diet "supplements" are just not a good idea. Ever. HydroxyCut? TrimSpa? Fen-Phen? Dexatrim? Remember these? THEY GAVE PEOPLE HEART ATTACKS AND STROKES.
And it's not just the Kardashian's, Jillian Michaels was on Rachel Ray last week advertising her own brand of diet pills. Her's have something to do with orange peel extrac,t which sounds safe, but the National Institute of Heath begs to differ. "There have been reports of fainting, heart attack, and stroke in healthy people after taking bitter orange supplements." (http://nccam.nih.gov/health/bitterorange/)
What does all of this celebrity diet pill nonsense have to do with healthy food bloggers? The majority of these women are building their lifestyles and blogging careers around a Martha Stewart/Rachel Ray/Oprah model. And the ease with which Rachel Ray has allowed her show to become an infomercial for diet pills only reinforces the idea that being thin is the most important thing a woman can be. To their credit, I seriously doubt the bloggers would ever endorse diet pills or supplements, and while this is certainly commendable, I still see their choice to focus so much time and energy on "healthy living" to be just as creepy and insidious as any celebrity selling body perfection on television.
What do you guys think?