May 3, 2021

Apetamin: Instagram criticised over weight gain drug

The sale of Apetamin is illegal in the UK, but BBC Three revealed it is available in shops and online. The syrup is regularly promoted by social media influencers as a quick way to gain weight and develop an extreme hourglass figure, like celebrities Kim Kardashian and Cardi B. Instagram said it had taken down accounts that sell and advertise Apetamin in response to the BBC Three documentary Dangerous Curves, which aired on 21 April. In the letter, National Medical Director, Stephen Powis and National Mental Health Director, Clare Murdoch, demand an urgent update on what action the site is taking to tackle accounts selling Apetamin. The BBC has found Apetamin is also still being sold on other online sites and in shops, following its investigation. Vanessa, who always bought the product in a shop, says removing accounts which sell Apetamin will help, but won't solve the problem.

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