When Political Correctness Kills

In February 2021, Cosmopolitan UK came out with a cover that sparked substantial criticism.  Here are two photos.  

Does this look like a picture of perfect health to you?  Whats wrong with this picture?

In the ever-incessant attempt to make everything politically correct and bow to cancel culture, it appears that all common sense has gone out the window.

The new healthy” is anything but healthy.  Its downright dangerous and negligent to promote this new healthy” fallacy.  When I look at these images, I see sickness and disease.  Its unconscionable to champion such a false narrative.  Its equally disturbing when pop culture celebrates rail-thin models that look like they are suffering from anorexia.  Either extreme is reprehensible and disgusting.  

Here is a more realistic picture of obesity [1]:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Insulin resistance
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Nutritional deficiency
  • Stroke
  • Gall bladder disease
  • Inflammation
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Depression and anxiety
  • cancer
  • Low quality of life
  • Pain and suffering

Health is not whatever you want to call it.  In all things, actions have consequences.  Eating unhealthy processed food and being obese will always yield health problems and disease, no matter what you want to call it.  Promoting this new version of healthy” is a dangerous message amid skyrocketing obesity and diabetes rates worldwide. Furthermore, the fact that obese people triple their risk of being hospitalized due to covid [2] makes me wonder if Cosmopolitan even considered whether their ridiculous message was timed appropriately.  

Science is objective and does not bow to hurt feelings, cancel culture, or political correctness.  Being obese opens the pathway to disease no matter how delusional pop culture spins it.  This is anything but empowering. You can perpetuate a lie, but it’s still not going to prevent the consequences of being obese.  

Dina Arvanitakis
Dina is a certified functional medicine nutrition coach and author that is passionate about health and wellness. As a health advocate, she coaches clients on how to implement anti-aging techniques and weight-loss strategies and solutions so they can become their own powerful success stories. She believes that everyone can enjoy a healthy vibrant life once they are empowered with knowledge and the right tools to make effective changes in their lives. A healthy you is a FABULOUS you!