Running With Scissors: Trimming, quickly, with the Kardashian's

Posted at 12:17 PM Dec 11, 2009

By Kiala Kazebee

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Oh, you guys. It's so exhausting to be annoyed and frustrated with the fanatic health bloggers all the time. My anger stores are on empty and all I can feel right now is a kind of mild emo lethargy about the whole misplaced food obsession thing.

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.

(ANGER MOUNTING)

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?

Comments

simba said:

Every generation thinks they're smarter than the last. We look at the "rubes" of past decades and wonder at how stupid they were. In the 1920s the market was flooded with "health tonics" that were primarily alcohol. Today we have these weight loss supplements and bodybuilding supplements. Each generation has a different focus with respect to the body. As such each generation will give rise to another generation of quacks and mountebanks that will be only too happy to prey on those obsessions.

gizella said:

I'm being healthy the Depression way: eating less fancy stuff because I have less money. I know people are selling harder than ever, but shilling stuff like diet pills in this economic climate makes me feel very very angry.

gizella said:

cuz jillian told me all I had to do was do her workout for 30 days and I'd be shredded!

trashME said:

Funny, they never mention the mental side-effects that can happen with these things either... My grandma used diet pills in the 50's and 60's, and she ended up with acute agoraphobia because of them.

FuryOfFirestorm said:

Why hasn't the FDA closed the loophole on "herbal" supplements and "diet aids"? Just because something is "herbal/natural" doesn't make it safe. Poison ivy is "herbal" and cow poop is "natural", but who puts either in their body?

Nicki E. said:

I used to do diet pills in college, and that's when I first started having seizures and was diagnosed with epillepsy. I think I've tried about six different kinds, and none of them helped me lose weight--just convulse.

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