Holly Hagan has slammed the controversial weight loss injections endorsed by celebs, calling them “dangerous”.
The Geordie Shore star, 27, was given the jabs to promote to her followers in 2018 and said they left her “really sick”.
Taking to Instagram, Holly, who is known for her yo-yo dieting and changing appearance, recorded a video warning for her followers of the effects of quick fixes to lose weight.
She didn’t say what jab she took but revealed that like all the other common brand names it contained Saxenda, the brand name of Liraglutide, which is used to treat type two diabetics and those with a BMI of at least 27.
Holly said: “Instantly I noticed I felt really sick and I didn’t want to eat so for me at the time I thought oh my god this is absolutely amazing, this is something that is going to make me stop eating.”
Liraglutide carries risks of possible thyroid tumors, including cancer, pancreatits, low blood pressure, blurred vision, dizziness, slurred speech and hunger, gallbladder problems, nausea, diarrhea, indigestion, and constipation, vomiting, severe rashes, swelling of the face, lips and tongue as well as problems breathing and a fast heartbeat.
In the video Holly showed how she used to inject the needle into her stomach.
Holly lost three pounds and kept increasing her dosage to the highest dose to lose more weight.
She bought another £250 pen to see if she could shed more pounds but it stopped working.
The reality TV star explained: “I’m injecting copious amounts of this stuff, I’m sometimes injecting it twice a day to try and get the same hit as day one, and it just wasn’t working for me anymore.”
She stopped taking the injections but was quickly contacted by another company, SkinnyJab.
Holly shared a screenshot she said is from the firm who told her they would give her a free round of the injections if she gave them a shout out.
Skinnyjab has been endorsed by stars including Gemma Collins and Kerry Katona.
The brunette revealed that a friend of hers is taking one type of weight loss injection, despite having a perfectly healthy BMI of 22.
She believes people who struggle with their weight are being “conned” into taking products that are sold as “miracles” that change your life.
Holly explained: “This pen, yeah it might be great for the short time and it might be great for specific people who need it with a BMI of over 27, but this is not for your average girl on the street with a BMI of 22.
“That’s dangerous and the fact that celebrities are endorsing this and it’s being allowed to be promoted on social media and Instagram where young girls can actually see it it’s horrendous.”
Speaking about the firms who sell the pen, Holly said: “They’re looking for people who have got problems who are desperate and that’s what I was at the time.
“I was completely desperate to lose weight and I thought being thin would be the thing that made people stop trolling me.”
Holly also vowed that she was going to stop advertising fad diets and diet products.
She added: “If I can stop somebody going through the absolute torture of the last ten years I’ve had then that’s worth it to me.”
A spokesperson for SkinnyJab said: “Unlike many of our rivals we put proper clinical governance at the heart of everything we do.
“SkinnyJab is regulated by the MHRA, all clinical practitioners are fully qualified and registered with the corresponding medical or nursing authority while our lead clinician who oversees all of SkinnyJab’s practice and protocols is registered and approved by the CQC for weight-loss treatments.
“We adhere to strict clinical guidelines and codes of conduct. The health and safety of each patient is at the core of our ethos.
“We invest thousands into a comprehensive support and aftercare service which is second to none. We provide expert nutritional and dietary advice every step of the way. This is not about relying on a drug to help you lose weight, this is about kick starting a long term approach to a healthier and hopefully longer life. Untreated obesity is a killer and this drug is fully approved by the NHS and licensed for weight-loss.”