Kerry Katona: ‘I lost two stone with ‘skinny jab’
KERRY BACKS £250-A-MONTH SLIM DRUG - BUT MEDICS WARN OF RISKS
WHATEVER you think about Kerry Katona, you can’t deny there is something refreshingly honest about the Warringtonborn personality.
Ever since she was thrust into the limelight in 1998 as part of girl band Atomic Kitten, Kerry has laid all her cards out on the table sometimes to her detriment.
Kerry’s latest venture is not without controversy either.
She has teamed up with SkinnyJab
- a £250-a-month injectable weight-control drug that she says has helped her lose two stone since August.
But the drug has its critics - This Morning’s Dr Zoe Williams said recently that celebrity endorsements like this were ‘irresponsible,’ adding she would only prescribe the active ingredient, liraglutide, for patients with ‘severe obesity.’ According to medicines watchdog NICE, common side effects of liraglutide include constipation, diarrhoea, dizziness, headaches, nausea, gallbladder disorders, gastrointestinal discomfort and disorders, headache, increased risk of infection, insomnia, nausea, skin reactions and vomiting.
Uncommon side effects can include heart issues, kidney problems, pancreatitis and dehydration.
And the website for Victoza, one of liraglutide’s brand names, warns that it ‘may cause serious side effects, including possible thyroid tumors, including cancer.’
But Kerry, 39, is adamant that she would not put her name to anything if she did not believe in it.
“If it didn’t work, I wouldn’t promote it,” she told the M.E.N.
“I have been offered so many products to work with but I won’t do it if I am not totally behind it.
“With everything you take there’s always going to be side effects of some sort. Obviously it might not be for everyone.
“I’ve had a bit of tummy bloating but that is about it. I’ve had worse side effects from medication prescribed by doctors.”
SkinnyJab - which recently opened a clinic in Stockport with the help of Kerry - is certainly not a cheap fix at £250 a month, but Kerry says it is about more than just the daily injection.
“One hundred per cent it’s a lifestyle change,” she explained.
“With this you get a care package, vitamins, healthy porridge in the morning - it’s not just take the jab each day and that’s it.”
If it didn’t work, I wouldn’t promote it. I’ve had worse side effects from prescription medication