Joy-Anna Duggar Apologizes For Encouraging Anorexic Fan to Lose Weight

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Last week, Joy-Anna vaguely discussed her weight loss methods in a cryptic video that appeared on her Instagram page,

In a video that was clearly intended to pique curiosity in the Optavia weight loss system, the mother of one revealed that she had shed all of her post-baby weight -- but initially, she didn't say how.

As intended, the post quickly caught the attention of Duggar fans who are looking to lose a few pounds.

“Excited to share about this! It’s been SOOO helpful for me," Joy captioned the above video.

"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!”

Joy-Anna Duggar, Austin Forsyth, and Baby Gideon on Thanksgiving 2018

One fan commented that she would love to lose weight, but must be "careful" in doing so due to past issues with anorexia.

“Awesome! This is all clean and has probiotics built in!”

Shortly thereafter, a third Instagram user posted a screenshot of what she claimed was a DM conversation with Joy,

“Your comments responding to ladies with eating disorders on your Optavia video are very dangerous,” the person allegedly messaged Joy.

Austin Forsyth and Joy-Anna Duggar on Guy Fawkes Day

The person added that Joy should be “aware that those of us with eating disorders SHOULD NOT be encouraged to lose weight by anybody but our own doctors.”

To her credit, Joy promptly responded in apologetic fashion.

“Thank you for your concern," Joy wrote.

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"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."

From there, Joy explained that she had only the best intentions in encouraging fans to use the Optavia program.

"As far as my health coach, once she gets on a call she tells each person to check with their GP before doing it," she wrote.

Joy-Anna Duggar, Family

"Optavia is a great program and is recommended by lots of doctors. But I understand it is not good for all.”

The Duggars are generally very careful when it comes to the products they choose to endorse on social media.

In fact, they're careful in social media in general, with Jim Bob and Michelle usually forbidding their children to start accounts until they're grown and married.

This incident is likely serving as a reminder of why they take such extreme precautions.

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