Reality television star Kim Kardashian is back on QuickTrim diet pills and pushing them on her 14 million twitter followers, despite a class action lawsuit that questions the products’ effectiveness along with health experts.
Kim, who often tweets product endorsements to her twitter fans and rarely, if ever, discloses that she is paid for doing so, sent a message out to her followers today (May 9).
“Ok I’ve been really bad with my eating habits again! I was doing soooo good!!!! Gonna start QuickTrim today! Sticking to it!” she wrote.
This is the first time Kardashian, 31, has mentioned QuickTrim since four dissatisfied customers filed a $5 million class action lawsuit in March against product maker Windmill Health and several of its distributors, claiming the product is unhealthy and ineffective.
Kim Kardashian and sister Khloe Kardashian are also named in court papers for allegedly making false, unsubstantiated claims about the products.
Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman, a physician and associate professor at Georgetown University Medical Center, warns that Kardashian’s QuickTrim diet supplements, could be dangerous and even fatal.
“I don’t think anyone should take these products,” Fugh-Berman warns in US News.
The diet supplements contain powerful stimulants, laxatives, and diuretics that could cause abdominal pains, cramping and even kidney failure, she said.
Fugh-Berman and registered dietitian Keri Gans, author of “The Small Change Diet,” reviewed three popular QuickTrim products, labeled “Burn & Cleanse 14 Day Diet System,” “Sugar & Carb Cheater” and “Fast Cleanse.”
They concluded that QuickTrim products contain large amounts of caffeine, laxatives and diuretics, which could lead to temporary water-weight loss but not much else. “It irritates me that they’re not saying how much caffeine is in these pills,” Fugh-Berman says. “Too much caffeine can make you jittery and increase your blood pressure and pulse.
“If you pop a couple of these pills with your Starbucks coffee, that’s not good; you could get caffeine poisoning, which can cause heart arrhythmias,” she added.
The plaintiffs also argue that the active ingredient in QuickTrim, caffeine, is neither safe nor effective at producing weight loss.
Since she was hired as a QuickTrim rep in 2009, Kim repeatedly encouraged her Twitter followers to use QuickTrim, claiming it helped her lose weight. Khloe was recently featured in Life&Style magazine touting how she lost 20 pounds in 20 days, a claim she has made before.