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Cosmopolitan magazine caused quite a stir over the past few weeks with their recent covers. For those who haven’t seen the recent covers of cosmopolitan I’ll post them below.

“This is healthy,” reads the caption.

I have to be honest when I first saw this I was pretty upset. Now I haven’t read the full article so maybe it’s just a play on the statement. Maybe it’s actually just click bait and Cosmo is using “healthy,” as a general term. As in “these two women have a healthy amount of self love.” Ok fine, if that’s the goal here, mission accomplished.

But I don’t think that’s what they’re doing...

I think it was incredibly irresponsible for Cosmopolitan Magazine to put this out with out any context for what they mean by “healthy.”

To be clear I’m not referring to or commenting at all about these two women’s “beauty.” That’s not what this blog is about. I want to discuss this purely from a health perspective.

Now I’m not their doctor nor am I anyone’s doctor for that matter. But as someone who has devoted a great deal of time into studying the human body and how to optimize its potential and more importantly how to help people prevent health challenges through physical fitness and nutrition I believe that these women are indeed not healthy.

The graph below shows examples of BMI (Body Mass Index) and what that looks like on a person. Match the two photos above to the illustration below and see which they most closely resemble...

While BMI is not my preferred method for calculating someones body fat percentage, it's what I'll use given that it's all I have to go off of here.

People living with obesity have higher chances of developing a range of serious medical issues. These health problems affect nearly every part of the body, including the brain, blood vessels, heart, liver, gallbladder, bones, and joints.

In 2019 the number one cause of death in the US was heart disease. It accounted for 23.1% of registered deaths. Cancer was the number 2 most common cause of death at 21%. Both of which are DIRECTLY linked to obesity according to The American College of Cardiology and

In case you’re wondering, I’m purposely not even bringing up the connection to Covid deaths and obesity. That’s been covered extensively and I think everyone is aware that it puts you in the high risk category.

This is why I believe Cosmopolitan was irresponsible. Normalizing obesity for the sake of someone’s feelings isn’t protecting them. It’s crippling them and potentially sending them to an early grave.

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