Cosmopolitan Slammed for Tone Deaf Cancer-Weight Loss Story

Magazine runs story with headline “How This Woman Lost 44 Pounds Without Any Exercise”

Cosmopolitan was slammed by readers on Tuesday for running a story suggesting that cancer could be an effective weight loss method.

According to the Page Six, the magazine tweeted an article with the headline “How This Woman Lost 44 Pounds Without Any Exercise,” linking to a profile of a woman who was unable to exercise due to multiple surgeries.

The story explained that 31-year-old Simone Harbinson was forced to undergo numerous medical treatments for a kidney infection, “malignant carcinoid tumor of the appendix” and a damaged disc in her spine.

Twitter users slammed the magazine for taking a frivolous angle on a woman’s serious medical issues. “Cancer is not a diet plan. Delete this,” wrote one incensed reader.

Cosmo did in fact delete the tweet, and the article has since been revised with the new headline “A Serious Health Scare Helped Me Love My Body More Than Ever.”

Page Six also reports that a line has since been removed from the story: “Simone’s weight loss success is proof that ANYONE can lose weight without breaking a sweat simply by eating more mindfully — no gym required.”

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