In the age of Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, any and all types of content relating to what you wish to see is just a simple search away. Amidst a myriad of results is a niche of influencers explaining health and lifestyle, providing recipes, workout routines, daily routines, and even the occasional dietary pills and supplements. With big followings, they should be trustworthy, right? Because a lot of people follow them and seem to trust them. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case 100% of the time.

The Independent says, “A study by a team at University of Glasgow found that just one out of nine leading UK bloggers making weight management claims actually provided accurate and trustworthy information.”

They also follow up by including, “Social media influencers’ blogs are not credible resources for weight management. Popularity and impact of social media in the context of the obesity epidemic suggests all influencers should be required to meet accepted scientifically or medically justified criteria for the provision of weight management advice online.”

It’s safe to say that not everyone on social media is a trained expert in the field they’re interested in. Also, many influencers are prone to tempting brand deals that pay them lots of money, causing them to forget about thoughtful research or consideration.

When asked if you should believe everything a social media health influencer says, Michelle Johnson responds, “No, because you have no idea if they’ve actually tested it out for at least 2 months for effects. Also, they’re not doctors or licensed in any way.”

Haleigh Gill says, “Often times, their content is sponsored and they might not even use what they’re trying to sell. They don’t necessarily focus on “health” but rather on skinniness.”

While no one is stopping you from listening to your favorite social media health influencer, there is a definite need to proceed with caution before you do anything that could seriously interfere with your health.