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Kim Kardashian West Gets Slammed Online for Promoting an Appetite Suppressing Lollipop

Kim Kardashian West found herself in hot water after posting an #ad for an "appetite suppressing" lollipop. The reality TV star shared the photo to Instagram on Tuesday, where she's seen sucking on a Flat Tummy Co lollipop, which she described in the caption as "literally unreal." (Related: Are Instagram Food Trends Destroying Your Diet?)

This isn't the first time Kim has shared some eyebrow-raising health advice via sponsored posts—remember the whole sleeping in a corset before her wedding thing? But still, it was a surprising move considering the star seemed to have moved away from fast weight-loss fixes and turned her focus toward sharing her hard work in the gym with her trainer.  

After receiving tons of backlash from fans, the post was ultimately taken down. But not before actress Jameela Jamil could take a screenshot.

The Good Place actress uploaded her shot to Twitter along with a fire-roasted tweet explaining how unhealthy it was for someone with a reach like KKW's to promote not eating. The actress accused Kardashian West of being a "terrible and toxic influence on young girls."

"I admire their mother's branding capabilities, she is an exploitative but innovative genius," Jamil continued. "However, this family makes me feel actual despair over what women are reduced to."

Later, Jamil fired another tweet saying: "MAYBE don't take appetite suppressors and eat enough to fuel your BRAIN and work hard and be successful. And to play with your kids. And to have fun with your friends. And to have something to say about your life at the end, other than 'I had a flat stomach.'"

This isn't the first time Jamil has called out the Kardashian-Jenners for insinuating that a woman's worth should be measured by her size. Earlier this year, she drew attention to an Instagram post shared by a lifestyle magazine that shared the exact weight of each member of the Kardashian clan. 

She described the post as "toxic" and wrote: "This is how women are taught to value themselves. In kilograms. Grim."

What spawned from her frustrations, though, is something much more positive. Jamil encouraged women to celebrate that their life and self-worth weigh far more than any number on the scale—a plea that received an overwhelming amount of response.

 

Thank you @erica_davies #iweigh #fuckingkg

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There's now an entire Instagram account dedicated to the movement called i_weigh, which features women sharing how they measure their worth. Spoiler: It has nothing to do with how much they weigh according to the scale, or their jeans size. (Related: Katie Willcox Wants You to Know That You're So Much More Than What You See In the Mirror)

Along with Jamila, several other celebrities and influencers spoke against Kim K's promotion. Katie Willcox, creator of the Healthy Is the New Skinny movement, recently brought up the controversial post while speaking to students at Cal Poly Pomona, a tech school. During her speech, she joked about how Kim K actually beat her to announcing her own specialty lollipop—one that brings your tolerance for nonsense down to zero. (She also recently spoke to us about how "medium-sized models" are being left out of the body-positive movement)

"I have been working with specialist formulating a new bullshit suppressant lollipop," she wrote on Instagram alongside a video of her speaking. "It is amazing! Not only does it bring your bullshit tolerance really low, it allows you to consciously think for yourself instead of blindly following people in the media who don’t have your best interest at heart!" 

She continued by sharing how important it is to have more in-depth conversations about the media "and its harmful effect on our sense of self, purpose, and our overall health and well-being."

At the end of the day, when it comes to KKW (regardless of your feelings towards her and her #sponcon), something everyone can likely agree on is that a silly scale should never dictate your feelings of self-worth. 

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