Social media influencers took the world by storm at the beginning of the 2010s. It wasn’t long before they caught the attention of businesses and signed up to use their platform to make money.
It’s all well and good when they’re offering basic advice on physical fitness, makeup, etc. It becomes a problem when they claim to be weight loss experts and start giving you false information on diet programs.
Here’s why following weight “experts” on social media is an awful idea:
Just because they look like they’re in good shape, doesn’t make them an expert on weight loss. Social media influencers have mastered the art of presenting themselves a certain way, but that doesn’t mean they have the qualifications to tell you what you should and shouldn’t be putting in your body.
Before you follow anyone’s advice on social media, check their credentials to see if they have the qualifications to give you health advice.
Ideally, they should list their qualifications on their platforms. However, if they don’t have them there, a quick search on Google will give you the details.
Social media influencers may start by creating content for fun. After they’ve collected enough subscribers/followers, they’re approached by companies who pay them to promote products on their platforms.
A responsible influencer will provide full disclosure when a video or post is sponsored by a company; this helps you understand their motivations for promoting a specific product. They may have financial incentives for pushing certain products and could be recommending ones they don’t use themselves. So take their words with a grain of salt!
Perhaps the greatest danger of following social media influencers for weight loss is that they present opinions as facts.
A study carried out in the UK found that most of the information conveyed by its leading weight loss bloggers was false and didn’t meet the country’s nutritional criteria.
The majority of influencers are looking out for themselves instead of their audience. The claims they make are rarely backed by credible sources, making them potentially dangerous for their followers.
It’s not a secret that most social media influencers don’t look like themselves in real life. Social media influencers know how to take photos at certain angles and use editing software to tweak their photos before they post them online.
Several influencers have been called out for promoting unrealistic body images that people can’t attain—not even them!
Before you rush out to buy the shady pills that your favorite social media influencer recommended, research the products yourself to see how effective they are.
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