I love love blogs. I discover ones I love all the time and my work means that I’m exposed to new ones all the time. Many an evening has been spent perusing post after post and for me they’ve almost entirely replaced the magazine obsession I had in my 20s. This isn’t a blog bashing post. The vast majority of blogs are amazing with well curated content that is a joy to read. But there is a problem I have with some blogs. Recently I’ve seen a huge increase in blogs advocating diet pills/appetite suppression supplements and backing up their claims with scientific ‘fact’ that isn’t fact at all. Whether or not you’re calling yourself an expert giving health advice when you have no idea what you’re talking about is dangerous and wrong. Yes bloggers are popular because they are normal people and not magazine journalists swayed by advertisers but I believe we still have an obligation to not peddle false information. This isn’t like misrepresenting the shade of a lipstick, giving false health information can negatively affect someone’s health and wellbeing. A good portion of traffic to fashion and beauty blogs in particular comes from teenage girls. They’re impressionable and they may not have the forethought to do some actual research on the claims that they read about. Appetite suppression shakes and pills aren’t good for your health long-term and they may seem like a quick fix but the only way to have sustainable weight loss is by changing your lifestyle – a healthy diet and increasing your level of exercise. I know this notion isn’t fashionable and it is hard work but it is the safe and health conscious way to do things. Everyone wants a quick fix these days but anything worth having is worth working for. Now I’m no health expert but I follow the advice of those who know. I will never dole out health advice on this blog with false scientific information as it isn’t my place or my area of expertise. I don’t have a massive objection to opinion based posts but when you go into the scientific merits with zero research or knowledge – that I take issue with. This is people’s healthy we are talking about after all. Opinions? And for healthy eating blogs run by bloggers who have the knowledge check out nicsnutrition.com or francescasfitkitchen.com Related Posts Nike Releases a Stylish Addition to Its FuelBand Collection Currently Loving…..Charli Cohen Healthy Living Websites that Motivate & Inspire 5 Responses Jade October 7th, 2013 I agree with you wholeheartedly. I think it’s so important to add a disclaimer to posts about diet pills etc. Readers need to know that the author is not medically qualified to give out information about those kinds of things and that taking pills etc. can be detrimental to health! Reply StyleMyFro October 7th, 2013 I completely agree – we have a post about how vitamins can benefit your skin hair and nails but we tried our best to demonstrate that our recommendation was just an opinion. Blogs have a responsibility to their readers to ensure they aren’t going to influence them in an uncontrolled way to damage their health. Reply Bella Q October 7th, 2013 Faye- you rock. Yessss. I’m all for “advice” but you get what you pay for- and many bloggers don’t have the credentials to be spouting off their guru knowledge be it social media, blogging, and yes, health and diet. Reply Laura October 8th, 2013 There’s a lot more diet advice springing up these days and it just can’t be relied on! And I’d certainly never post about diet pills or the like, no matter how much somebody wanted to pay me! This is a great post xx http://www.LaurasHaven.com Reply Annabella October 14th, 2013 This isn’t a trend I’ve noticed yet but yes it’s quite scary when someone who is unqualified hands out advice. As a blogger I try not to come across as too preachy and I only talk about shower gels, scrubs, and skincare. I consider myself an enthusiast – certainly not an expert. Thanks for bringing this up it’s quite important! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.