She didn’t mean it! Joy-Anna Duggar of Counting On fame recently ended up in hot water over a comment she made that seemed insensitive to a fan with anorexia. Now, the 19 Kids and Counting alum has seemingly responded to the controversy, and clearly feels terrible about the whole mess.
A reddit user shared a screenshot that a Tumblr follower had allegedly sent them, which appeared to be a response from Joy about the whole situation. “Your comments responding to ladies with eating disorders on your Optavia video are very dangerous,” the person allegedly messaged Joy on Instagram. They added that she should be, “aware that those of us with eating disorders SHOULD NOT [sic] be encouraged to lose weight by anybody but our own doctors.”
Joy then allegedly replied, “Thank you for your concern. I did not mean at all to text the girl that has anorexia and I feel so bad, I tried to find the account so I could fix what I said. As far as my health coach, once she gets on a call she tells each person to check with their GP before doing it. Optavia is a great program and is recommended by lots of doctors. But I understand it is not good for all.”
The whole thing started on January 14, when Joy took to Instagram to share several videos about her weight loss journey. The 21-year-old captioned the clips, “Excited to share about this! It’s been SOOO helpful for me. My health coach has lost 47lbs in 15 weeks and her husband has lost 40lbs in just 9 weeks!! If you’re ready to start or just have questions please email me your phone number and we’d love to talk with you!”
A fan commented, saying they’d love to lose weight, but that they have to do so carefully because they have anorexia. Joy responded, “Awesome! This is all clean and has probiotics built in!”
Even though her initial comment wasn’t the best thing to say to someone with anorexia, at least Joy allegedly tried to respond in a sensitive way, right? Maybe the girl just isn’t very social media savvy. Hopefully, she’ll be more careful about how she responds to sensitive subjects on her Instagram in the future.
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