A woman from Scotland who weighs more than 300 pounds recently discovered her photo was being used as the "before" picture for an advertisement for diet pills — alongside an "after" photo of a woman that is not her.
Kirsty Kennedy, 30, told Metro that her photo was used without her permission by a diet pill company and that she spotted it in an ad featured on a woman's health website owned by Hearst Magazines UK. The advertisement claims Kennedy dropped 98 pounds while taking the pills, and as "proof," put her photo next to one of another woman named Taryn Wright, who is from Essex, wears a size 6, and made headlines in 2013 for losing a significant amount of weight after breaking up with her husband.
"They made me a year older, a divorcee, moved me down to Essex and made me out to be a size six. Why would someone do that? I don't know how to take it," Kennedy said. "I feel sorry for any poor beggar who falls for this under the impression that it will help them lose weight."
Hearst is reportedly looking into the fraudulent ad.
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"We are appalled that the good name of Women's Health has been associated with this fraudulent activity," a spokesperson for Hearst Magazines UK said. "Women's Health is not in any way connected to this fake company or the products it claims to sell."
In real life, Kennedy is charity volunteer with a learning disability from Stirling, Scotland, reports the Daily Mail. The fake ad claimed her name was Sarah Wright, 31, who used Ultra Ketone System and Cleanse Xtrem Pills to drop nearly 100 pounds after a divorce.
"There are probably people out there, like me, who are trying to lose weight, who are being scammed and paying for pills that don't exist," Kennedy said. "If the pills existed and worked, then I'd use them, but I know that losing weight takes a lot of hard work and a good diet."
Photo Credit: Hearst via Metro