Dawn French has slammed crooks using her image to flog “dangerous” diet pills in social media ads.
The Vicar Of Dibley actress, 63, claimed her face had been used in campaigns to sell 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 supplements accelerate weight loss.
Unhappy: Dawn French slammed crooks who allegedly used her image to whip ‘dangerous’ diet pills into 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 scoundrels – illegally using my name to sell their crappy pills. It makes me furious. It’s a total scam.
“What a stinky way to exploit confident people who might already be struggling with their self-esteem.”
“I can’t stand being associated in any way – and none of us know what these pills actually contain. So much damage can be done. It is really dangerous.
Transformation: Dawn slammed the ads after losing seven and a half stones in 2014
Dawn lost seven and a half stones in 2014, but last October she admitted she was “back to a barrel” after gaining weight.
Ads allegedly flogged with her image say that Dawn The “magic transformation” was due to the “right mix of low carbs and excessive fat” found in keto pills.
The “keto” diet has been hailed by celebrities including Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Halle Berry, Gwyneth Paltrow, and basketball star LeBron James.
It revolves around removing carbohydrates from the diet, which is meant to induce a state of near starvation that burns fat for energy.
Scam: Ads allegedly flogged with her image say Dawn’s ‘magical transformation’ was due to the ‘right mix of low carbs and excessive fat’ found in keto pills (pictured last September)
Last October, Dawn said she gained weight 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 was “back to being a whole barrel” but “doesn’t give a shit.”
She did not disclose the weight she had gained, but said she refused to “not love herself” and was happy as long as she could continue to walk.
The actress began to lose weight dramatically in 2011 after her split from Lenny Henry and in 2014 she revealed it was so she could have keyhole surgery for a secret hysterectomy after fear of cancer. .
Before: The actress began drastically losing weight in 2011 after her split from Lenny Henry (pictured in 2007)
Speaking on the podcast alongside Jennifer Saunders, Dawn said, “I went back to being a whole barrel but you know what, I’m going to be 63 this year, I don’t give a fuck, I’m really ne don’t, as long as I can walk.
“I’m not going to be stingy with myself anymore. I never hated anything in my body, even when I was very, very fat. I refuse to be forced not to love myself.
“I used to get really angry when I lost weight, people would say, ‘You look so good,’ like you looked horrible before – rewarding yourself for dealing with it, which is not easy, I accept that.
“But I didn’t want people to give me their approval. It’s so condescending.
The actress began to lose weight in 2011, amid speculation that she had had a gastric band or was suffering from stress following her separation from Lenny Henry.
In 2014, Dawn revealed the real reason for her weight loss and said she was due to have a hysterectomy due to fear of cancer.
She said at the time that her doctor was convinced she had uterine cancer and although the results of a first biopsy came back clearly, he ordered a second, which prompted her to make the decision to have surgery to remove her uterus.
Dawn was given the option of having invasive surgery, but opted for keyhole surgery instead and was told she would need to lose weight to help ensure her success.
She ultimately lost 7.5th overall from her 19th frame.
Tough: In 2014, Dawn revealed the real reason for her weight loss and said she was due to have a hysterectomy due to fear of cancer