Cosmopolitan magazine draws fire for ‘weight loss’ story about cancer patient

Cosmopolitan magazine is under fire Tuesday after it published a story on its website with a headline suggesting a cancer diagnosis was a good way to lose weight.

The story headline, “How This Woman Lost 44 Pounds Without *ANY* Exercise,” had the lighthearted tone of a piece dealing with healthy eating tips or calorie-counting shortcuts, but instead profiled a woman whose body image improved after she went through a series of health scares.


As outrage mounted online over the tone of the headline and an accompanying tweet, Cosmopolitan shifted course, changing the title of the piece to “A Serious Health Scare Helped Me Love My Body More Than Ever” and deleting the tweet.

But many accused the magazine of promoting a “thin at any cost” culture by framing cancer as a weight-loss device.

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The magazine has not responded to critics, but noted that the post was updated since it was first published.

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