Chrissy Metz Featured in Misleading Weight Loss Ads

Advertisers posted a doctored image of actress Melissa McCarthy with Metz's face while at the same time pushing "massive weight loss" claims.

Published May 31, 2021

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 11: (L-R) Chris Sullivan, Chrissy Metz and Mandy Moore of "This Is Us" speak during the NBCUniversal segment of the 2020 Winter TCA Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 11, 2020 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images) (Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
Image courtesy of Amy Sussman/Getty Images

"This Is Us" star Chrissy Metz and the subject of weight loss have long been featured in misleading online advertisements. Some advertisers have even employed the use of doctored photographs.

Metz portrays Kate Pearson in the award-winning NBC television drama. The 5th season finale aired on May 25.

The Ads

Since at least 2021, a number of ads claimed that Metz had experienced a "massive weight loss." They showed up on and other websites that displayed ads from the Taboola advertising network. These websites don't select specific ads that show up on their pages, but they do sometimes have the ability to block problematic content.

For example, one ad read: "Chrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss in Fierce New Photo":

Metz is 40 years old. She was born on Sept. 29, 1980. Another ad had the same text but featured her correct age:

The misleading ads featured a variety of photographs.

Celebrity Chaz Bono was also featured in a similar weight loss ad with the same wording.

Misleading Stories

The strange ads led to various slideshow articles that lasted around 179 pages each. Each "Next Page" click led to a different celebrity that purportedly had a weight loss journey, such as Rebel Wilson.

In the website address for one of the articles, it ended with "/weightloss-chrissymetz/." However, neither Metz nor anything about her weight loss ever appeared on any of the 179 pages.

The website's managers named the page "/weightloss-chrissymetz/" in order to label which ad had been clicked, so that they could measure the performance of the misleading ad.

Doctored Picture

While Metz did not appear in all of the lengthy stories that resulted from clicking the ads that showed her face, she did show up in some of them.

The articles mentioned that she once purportedly lost 100 pounds. The news was from 2017 and had been reported by People magazine.

However, the lengthy stories that resulted from clicking the ads led to unreliable pages that featured a photograph of actress Melissa McCarthy with Metz's face Photoshopped on her:

Chrissy Metz weight loss ads showed the This Is Us star in a misleading way.
In the photo on the right, Metz's face was Photoshopped on a picture of actress Melissa McCarthy.

The real picture of McCarthy was shot in 2015:

Chrissy Metz weight loss ads showed the This Is Us star in a misleading way.
The photograph of Melissa McCarthy was captured at the SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration in 2015. (Photo by D. Dipasupil/FilmMagic)

It's unclear just how many times the strange articles about Metz and weight loss have appeared over the years. However, we'll continue reporting about misleading ads just as we have been doing hundreds of times in the past.

Snopes debunks a wide range of content, and online advertisements are no exception. Misleading ads often lead to obscure websites that host lengthy slideshow articles with lots of pages. It's called advertising "arbitrage." The advertiser's goal is to make more money on ads displayed on the slideshow's pages than it cost to show the initial ad that lured them to it. Feel free to submit ads to us, and be sure to include a screenshot of the ad and the link to where the ad leads.

Jordan Liles is a Senior Reporter who has been with Snopes since 2016.

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