Dawn French has slammed scammers reportedly using her image to flog ‘dangerous’ diet pills in social media ads.
The Vicar Of Dibley actress, 63, has hit out and claimed her face was used in campaigns selling ketone pills – which are a controversial weight loss product, according to The Sun.
The tablets cost between £20 and £30 but there is still limited scientific evidence that the supplements accelerate weight loss.
Unhappy: Dawn French has slammed scammers reportedly using her image to flog ‘dangerous’ diet pills in social media ads (pictured in February this year)
She told the publication: ‘I think this might be the fifth time I’ve had to shut down these s****y scoundrels — using my name illegally to sell their crappy pills. It infuriates me. It’s a total rip-off.
‘What a stinky way to exploit trusting folk who might well already be in a pickle with their self-esteem.
‘I can’t stand that I am associated in any way — and none of us know what actually is in these pills. So much damage can be done. It’s truly dangerous.’
Transformation: Dawn has hit out at the ads after she famously lost a staggering seven and a half stone in 2014
Dawn famously lost a staggering seven and a half stone in 2014, but last October admitted she was ‘back to being a barrel’ after putting on weight again.
The ads that are reportedly being flogged with her image say that Dawn’s ‘magical transformation’ was due to the ‘right mix of low carbohydrates and excessive fat’ found in the keto pills.
The ‘keto’ diet has been lauded by A-list celebrities including Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Halle Berry, Gwyneth Paltrow and the basketball star LeBron James.
It revolves around cutting out carbohydrates from the diet which is intended to induce a state of near-starvation that burns fat for energy.
Scam: The ads that are reportedly being flogged with her image say that Dawn’s ‘magical transformation’ was due to the ‘right mix of low carbohydrates and excessive fat’ found in the keto pills (pictured last September)
Last October Dawn said that she has put on weight again after her staggering seven and a half stone loss in 2014.
Speaking on her podcast French and Saunders: T**ting About, the star said she is ‘back to being an entire barrel’ but ‘doesn’t give a f**k’.
She didn’t disclose how much weight she has put on, but said she refuses to ‘dislike herself’ and is happy as long as she can keep walking.
The comedian dramatically starting losing weight in 2011 following her split from Lenny Henry and in 2014, she revealed that it was so she could have keyhole surgery for a secret hysterectomy after a cancer scare.
Before: The comedian dramatically starting losing weight in 2011 following her split from Lenny Henry (pictured in 2007)
Speaking on the podcast alongside Jennifer Saunders, Dawn said: ‘I’ve gone back to being an entire barrel but do you know what, I’m going to be 63 this year, I don’t give a f**k, I really don’t, so long as I can walk.
‘I’m not going to be stingy to myself anymore. I never did dislike anything about my body, even when I was very, very fat. I refuse to be forced to dislike myself.
‘I used to get really angry when I did lose weight, people going, ”You look so well,” as if you looked awful before – rewarding you for managing it, which is not easy, I accept that.
‘But I didn’t want people to give me approval. It’s so patronising.’
The comedian started losing weight in 2011 amid speculation she’d had a gastric band fitted or was suffering from stress after her split from Lenny Henry.
In 2014, Dawn revealed the real reason behind her weight loss and said she needed to have a hysterectomy following a cancer scare.
She said at the time her doctor was convinced she had uterine cancer and although the results of a first biopsy came back clear he ordered a second one which prompted her to make the decision to have surgery to remove her womb.
Dawn was given the choice to have an invasive operation but opted for keyhole surgery instead and was told she would need to lose weight to help ensure it was a success.
She eventually lost 7.5st in total from her 19st frame.
Tough: In 2014, Dawn revealed the real reason behind her weight loss and said she needed to have a hysterectomy following a cancer scare