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

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!â€�

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.

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.

“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.

“Optavia is a great program and is recommended by lots of doctors. But I understand it is not good for all.â€�

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.

Lawson Bates: Did He Just Reveal He’s Courting Jana Duggar?!

For years now, fans of her family have been obsessing over Jana Duggar’s love life — or lack thereof.

Jana is 28 and single, which is unheard of in her family.

Some fans have given up on the idea of Jana entering a courtship, getting married, and starting a family of her own.

But others have noted that Jana seems to be inching closer to joining the dating world.

For starters, Jana joined Instagram last week.

That may not sound like such a tremendous leap in progress, but Jana’s siblings who were already on the service opened their accounts only after they announced that they were courting.

This led many to the assumption that Duggar kids aren’t allowed to join social media until they’ve entered a relationship with the intention of getting married.

However, Jessa Duggar was quick to shoot that theory down, noting that while it’s been the custom up to this point, there is no hard and fast rule preventing single Duggars from getting online.

But, of course, her comments haven’t prevented Jana fans from giving up hope.

In fact, recent Instagram happenings have led many to the conclusion that she’s secretly dating a well-known family friend.

Rumors that Lawson Bates is courting Jana have been circulating for several years.

Lawson is one of the many stars of Bringing Up Bates, a Counting On knockoff reality show that also centers around a clan of fertile fundamentalists.

Lawson posted the above photo on Instagram this week.

“Please tell me that rose is for Jana,” one fan commented.

Such comments are expected on Lawson’s page, but this one stood out due to the fact that it was “liked” by none other than Lawson’s mom.

Fans went wild and assumed that this was Mrs. Bates’ way of confirming that Jana and Lawson are in a relationship.

But to the great disappointment of many, Lawson was quick to set the record straight.

“My mom was scrolling through late last night and didn’t realize what she was liking,� the 26-year-old told In Touch.

“Meanwhile, Instagram 101 for my mom is now in session.�

So for now, at least. Jana is still on the market.

And you can bet a new rumor about a new courtship will pop up sometime this afternoon, only to be promptly shot down by someone in the Duggar family.

Joy-Anna Duggar: I Lost All My Baby Weight! (But I Won’t Tell You How!)

It’s been less than a year since Joy-Anna Duggar welcomed her first child.

But already, fans are demanding answers to two very familiar questions:

1. Is Joy-Anna pregnant again?

(As far as we can tell, there’s no reason to believe the rumors that she’s expecting her second child.)

2. How did Joy-Anna shed her post-pregnancy pounds?

Sadly, it looks like she’s not spilling the tea on that one … for now.

Joy posted the above video to her Instagram page on Wednesday.

“Excited to share about this!” she captioned the clip.

“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!!”

Following an endorsement like that, fans were eager to find out the secret to Joy’s success.

Unfortunately, it seems she’s keeping a lid on that information for reasons that aren’t entirely clear.

“I lost all my baby weight within the first week of doing the program and now I’m really happy because I got below my wedding weight,� Joy-Anna told fans in the video.

“Before my wedding I worked so hard to get there.

“It’s such an easy program to follow and very little meal prep, which is super helpful for me and our schedule,� Joy continued.

“The cost is comparable or even less than most people are spending on their food budget already.�

Normally, that would be the point in the video where Joy would sing the praises of some weight loss program that she’s been paid to endorse — or even just one she found personally helpful but with which she’s not professionally affiliated.

But for the time being, at least, Joy’s keeping the specifics about the program to herself.

And fans are understandably confused.

“I’m kinda skeptical,� one follower commented.

“Why not say the name of the program? Why all the secrets?�

The Duggars are no strangers to sponsored content, but they’re more selective than most reality stars when it comes to the products and services they endorse.

Many commenters speculated that Joy is referring to the brand Optavia, as the Duggars apparently have a history with the company.

Perhaps the final details of the deal haven’t been sorted out yet, or perhaps Joy is just building suspense.

Whatever the case, she’s keeping her lips semi-sealed for now.

Jinger Duggar: New Photo Has Fans Convinced She’s Pregnant!

Ever since Jinger Duggar married Jeremy Vuolo, fans have been scrutinizing her midsection for signs of uterine occupation.

To the surprise of many, Jinger and Jeremy bucked the Duggar trend of starting a family immediately after exchanging vows.

In fact, it was more than a year after Jinger and Jeremy’s wedding that Jinger revealed she was expecting.

The couple welcomed daughter Felicity Vuolo back in July of 2018 and the speculation started all over again.

These days, rumors that Jinger is pregnant pop up at the rate of about one per week.

Usually, it’s a single photo that gets Duggar watchers talking.

In most cases, the image in question shows Jinger covering her stomach in a way that suggests she might be hiding a baby bump.

This time, however, it’s Jinger’s choice of hot beverage that has the rumor mill churning.

Jeremy posted the above photo of Jinger on Instagram earlier this week.

He captioned the pic:

“She loves cozy winter evenings with a good book and a cup of tea.”

Seems innocent enough, right?

Well, when Duggar fans did what they always do and put on their sleuthing caps, they detected something shady in this post.

As you may know, Jinger is a lifelong coffee aficionado.

And to many, the fact that she chose to dabble in chamomile is a sure sign that she’s knocked up.

“Tea?! Not coffee! Wow!� one fan commented.

“Prego maybe?� wrote another.

She’s drinking tea and not coffee…is she pregnant?� remarked a third.

You get the idea.

Other fans served as voices of reason and pointed out that as far as anyone knows, at the moment, the only pregnant Duggar is Jessa, who’s currently expecting her third child.

There are many possible reasons why Jinger may have been sipping tea instead of coffee, not the least of which is that it was freakin’ nighttime!

These are the same people who see a photo in which a woman who’s known to enjoy wine is sipping a Pellegrino, and they quickly jump to the conclusion that she’s either pregnant or in rehab.

Fun fact: People can enjoy more than one beverage.

Also, tea is delicious. So start sippin’ it, and stop spilling it!

Duggar Women: Are They Working as Midwives … Without Licenses?!

For the most part, Duggar women are very strongly encouraged to eschew careers in favor of devoting their adult years to child-rearing.

There is, however, a short list of money-making endeavors that they’re permitted to pursue.

At the top of the list is midwife work, which is one of the few professional avenues open to Duggar women.

(The other one is flipping cars or otherwise assisting in one of Jim Bob’s many business ventures, but this is only permissible until such time as the woman finds a suitable sperm donor.)

So Jill Duggar has continued working as a midwife even after tying the knot with Derick Dillard.

Insiders say Jana Duggar recently followed in her sisters’ footsteps and is now delivering babies in and around her native Tontitown, Arkansas.

And like Jill, it seems that Jana has yet to obtain the proper licensure.

The Duggars have long taken a rather libertarian approach to state and local ordinances.

For example, Jim Bob has pissed off his neighbors numerous times by basically ignoring zoning regulations.

Of course, delivering babies is a pretty high stakes procedure, so the Duggars’ neighbors are a bit less forgiving of the alleged gaps in Jill and Jana’s training.

To be fair, no one is claiming that the women didn’t receive any kind of training at all.

It’s just that it appears they went through the sort of un-regulated faith-based program that the Duggars prefer for, well … everything.

“This is hands-on apprenticeship style,” Jill once said in reference to her training.

“So we are really getting in there and getting to experience what the midwifery and doula roles look like, hands-on.”

Jill defenders have frequently pointed to the above photo, which does show Jill proudly displaying a certificate to work as a midwife.

But the photo doesn’t tell the whole story.

Jill is holding a Certified Professional Midwife’s competency license, which is very different from a Certified Nurse Midwife license, generally considered the standard in her field.

So she and Jana might be able to work as midwife’s assistants, but they’re not qualified to perform such work on their own.

The situation has attracted a considerable amount of controversy in recent weeks for a number of reasons:

1. Jill’s midwifing mentor, Vanessa Giron, is currently being sued by a mom who claims she nearly died during her deliver.

(Sources say Jill was on hand for the delivery.)

On top of that, it’s now rumored that several other Duggar daughters are beginning careers as midwives.

Needless to say, this situation may not resolve itself as quickly and quietly as the Duggars are hoping.

Duggar Courtships Keep Getting Shorter: Is Jim Bob Concerned?

If you’re a fan of the family’s reality shows, then you’re probably already well acquainted with the Duggar courtship rules.

For the unacquainted, here’s a brief rundown:

Basically, the Duggars aren’t allowed to touch, look at, or speak to another member of the opposite sex until they’re engaged.

Okay, that’s an exaggeration — but not by much.

With all those rules in place, it’s no surprise that the Jim Bob and Michelle’s adult children are usually in a big hurry to get to their wedding night.

Which may explain why their courtships are getting shorter and shorter.

Take a look:

1. These Two

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The first of Jim Bob and Michelle’s offspring to tie the knot were Josh and Anna Duggar. And we all know how that turned out.

2. A Rocky Romance

Josh and anna duggar and kids
Yes, Josh and Anna are still married, and yes, they have five children, but their relationship has been beset by scandals and infidelity.

3. A Lengthy Courtship

Josh and anna duggar image
Josh and Anna met in 2006 and courted for nearly two years before they got engaged.

4. Learning From Their Mistake?

Josh and anna duggar birthday photo
Perhaps younger Duggar couples came to regard Josh and Anna as something of a cautionary tale, as no one that followed courted even twice as long.

5. The Seewalds

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The next shortest courtship belongs to Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald. They met in 2013 after Jim Bob encouraged Ben to text his daughter about the Bible (of course).

6. 11 Months

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The Seewalds courted for just under a year before they got engaged. These days, they’re happily married with two young sons.

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John-David Duggar (Maybe!) Hints That Abbie Burnett is Pregnant

You know how the saying goes, don’t you?

For John-David Duggar and Abbie Burnett, first came love, as they started courting in June of this year.

Then came marriage, as the couple exchanged vows in early November.

And now comes a baby in a baby carriage?

Perhaps, the Internet is speculating, based on the photo John-David shared on Instagram yesterday, following by a possibly revealing caption.

For starters, as you can tell, Duggar is covering up his wife’s stomach, maybe because there’s a child growing inside of there and she isn’t ready to show off her bump just yet.

More interestingly, however, this is what he wrote along with the cute snapshot.

Hope you all had a very merry Christmas!

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.� Isaiah 9:6

It doesn’t take a giant leap in logic to decipher this quote a certain way, does it?

John-David came right out and talked about a child being born.

Cue the questions and the comments!

“Are y’all expecting?� one fan wrote.

“Oooh a baby hint :),� said another.

Granted, Duggar and Burnett have been husband and wife for less than two months.

But this is the Duggar family, folks. They get right to baby-making as soon as those vows are exchanged.

Cases in point: John-David’s sister Joy-Anna, and his sister-in-law, Kendra, both got pregnant on their honeymoons.

For now, however, neither Duggar nor Burnett are saying anything else on the topic.

They’re just focused, publicly, on their new marriage and all the joys it has brought them to date.

“It little surreal because I’ve dreamed about [seeing her in a wedding gown] ever since I met Abbie,” Duggar said in a video the newlyweds filmed prior to even taking off their wedding attire last month.

He added at the time that the pair’s only real immediate plans involved “serving God together and spending time together.”

This time may have been without any clothes on and without any protection being used to prevent a pregnancy.

As for their wedding itself?

“We are so excited to be married!” the stars told Us Weekly very soon after it transpired, saying of the event:

“It was a beautiful moment and we so appreciate our friends and family for sharing this day with us. Most of all we are thankful to Christ for bringing us together.

“This is going to be an amazing journey!”

And we can’t wait to be along for the ride!

Jill Duggar & Derick Dillard Post "Sexy" Selfie, Get Flirty on Instagram

Prior to marriage, members of the Duggar family are forbidden to engage in any sort of physical contact with members of the opposite sex.

But after they tie the knot — something strange happens.

No, we’re not talking about the fact that the Duggars immediately begin churning out babies like they’re trying to start their own infant football team.

That’s expected in a family in which children are taught from a young age that their only reasons for being are procreating and praising God.

The surprising part is that married Duggars go from “side-hugs” and timed hand-holding sessions (a maximum of 15 seconds) to packing on the PDA on social media.

Now, they’re still the Duggars, so they tend to prefer especially chaste public displays of affection, and the whole thing always seems both calculated and oddly showy.

It’s as though the goal is to send the message that despite all the bizarre rules they lay on their kids and the many Duggar sex scandals, Jim Bob and Michelle’s adult children are actually perfectly well adjusted when it comes to sex.

The latest members of the Duggar clan to send the message that they’re not asexual fundamentalist androids — despite rumors to the contrary — are Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard.

Jill and Derick posted the above selfie this week, along with the following caption:

“Had fun this weekend with this girl!� Derick wrote in his Instagram caption.

From there, Der went on to promote his and Jill’s website:

“Checkout some fun pics of our adventures at www.dillardfamily.com. @jillmdillard you’re my favorite, and I love you more each day! Merry Christmas!�

“You’re my fave,� he added.

The post is interesting for a number of reasons, not the least of which is all their recent promotional efforts and sponsored content have bolstered the rumor that Jill and Derick are broke.

As In Touch Weekly points out, the pic attracted a number of bizarre comments.

Many fans noted that this photo was more provocative than what we usually see from Jill and Derick.

Some took issue with Derick’s backwards hat (“this isn’t working”), and at least one person thinks Jill and Derick look like brother and sister:

“When a beloved married couple live together and share everything,” the follower wrote.

“They start to look alike and one is the others soulmate to complete tasks… You both are evolving… LOL.â€�

That “LOL” at the end doesn’t negate the creepiness that preceded it.

As usual, many commenters had little interest in the pic and wanted to talk about unrelated Duggar gossip.

“Is your sister Jana gay?” one fan asked.

“Cause that ‘FAMILY FRIEND’ seems to be always next to Jana. I think this is another family secret that your family doesn’t want to spill.

Yes, there have been rumors of Jana being gay for quite some time now.

But something tells us Jill won’t be eager to offer up the scoop on that.