Cosmopolitan shocked readers on Tuesday, and it wasn’t with one of the magazine’s famous sex tips.
The publication tweeted out an article titled “How This Woman Lost 44 Pounds Without Any Exercise” and received mountains of backlash because the woman profiled was suffering from cancer.
Good to know that "several life-threatening setbacks" (*cancer*) is the key to weight loss. Do better, Cosmo. Do better. pic.twitter.com/HsQxu1bIAp— Bailey Kircher (@baileymkircher) April 11, 2017
After she was “diagnosed with a severe kidney infection,” doctors discovered 31-year-old Simone Harbinson had “tested positive for malignant carcinoid tumor of the appendix.” She underwent multiple surgeries and suffered harrowing complications.
@Cosmopolitan Well, sure. Get cancer and spend a significant amount of time in the hospital and the weight just falls off. Come on!!— Kristyle Solomon (@kristyleTweets) April 11, 2017
After she was diagnosed with “post-traumatic stress disorder triggered by her cancer diagnosis,” she turned to food, later losing weight on a diet called The Bod. She could not exercise, with the article explaining that “she’s still recovering from surgery, she isn’t physically able to work out the way she used to before her cancer diagnosis.”
The internet, predictably, lost it.
UNITED: "Yeesh, what a week"— Clicky McBaity (@FOIAsaxa) April 11, 2017
COSMO: "Hold my beer and watch this" https://t.co/FtHw6TitOl
Cosmo has since changed the headline to: “A Serious Health Scare Helped Me Love My Body More Than Ever.” It also edited out the second-to-last line in the article proclaiming, “Simone’s weight loss success is proof that ANYONE can lose weight without breaking a sweat simply by eating more mindfully — no gym required.”
A rep for Cosmo did not respond for comment.