A Cosmo Weight-Loss Article Has Infuriated Twitter

It featured a photo of a fit woman in a pink lace-up crop top.

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. She then underwent another surgery to remove other infected areas, including part of her colon, which went badly; a couple of days later, fluid began to leak from her bowel necessitating another emergency surgery. The initial tweet from Cosmopolitan was also deleted. An editor's note below the article said the story had been updated, but it's unclear whether the headline was changed.

Cosmo has since removed the tweet but the article with the same headline remained on the website until it, too, was changed to "A Serious Health Scare Helped Me Love My Body More Than Ever".

Cosmopolitan has yet to address the controversy.

The article tells the story of Simone Harbinson, a 31-year-old Australian woman who gained 60 pounds from two pregnancies. Harbinson also had a partial lung collapse, PTSD and damaged a disc in her back.

While the article itself does indeed focus on Simone's prognosis, diagnosis and unbalanced relationship with food as a result of her illness, the idea that Cosmopolitan felt it must frame a story about cancer with a weight loss incentive is indicative of their perception of the female demographic. Throughout, the piece includes Harbinson's Instagram posts that offer discount codes for the program.

Don't insult us - and more importantly, her - by assuming we need a cryptic message about a three-stone weight loss to care.

Some shared personal stories of their brushes with cancer.

  • Joanne Flowers