NHS psychiatrist Max Pemberton is outraged by the cover of the February issue of Cosmopolitan. He shared his opinion with the Daily Mail.
The front page of the new issue featured a photo of three overweight women in tracksuits. “This is health!” – reads the slogan, also printed on the image.
Pemberton, in turn, criticized the editors of the magazine for imposing bad habits on society “under the guise of a body-positive message.” According to him, obesity has ceased to be a qualitative definition of the human body and is passed off as a characteristic of individuality.
“Now to be fat or not is a choice that is defended and encouraged to respect. To argue the opposite, for example, that being overweight is fundamentally harmful to health, and that a person should try to get rid of it, is considered a shame, ”the expert said.
Pemberton concluded by adding that such Cosmopolitan covers are particularly irresponsible as they glorify obesity in times of the coronavirus pandemic, even though overweight people are at risk.
In April 2020, doctors advised to lose weight to reduce the risks of coronavirus infection. Statistics from the National Center for Auditing and Intensive Care Research (ICNARC) showed that three quarters of UK patients diagnosed with COVID-19 were overweight or obese. In addition, employees of New York University found that obesity is one of the main risk factors for the development of serious diseases provoked by the coronavirus.