Is this really self love?


This was the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine UK edition, October 2018 and I’m really keen to hear your your thoughts about it.

Is it a celebration of body love or a dangerous message?

We’re supposed to view it as a ‘huge step forward for body positivity’ but is this cover just as dangerous and misguided as celebrating waif models?

This woman is obese, a classified disease with serious detrimental health effects. I question whether unhealthy lifestyles should be promoted, especially by a magazine whose audience is squarely young girls?

In 2017-2018, TWO THIRDS of adult Australians were obese and almost ONE QUARTER of children aged 5-17 years were overweight or obese.

Imagine now the cover was of a rake-thin model with Anorexia Nervosa with a similar quote on the cover: “haters can kiss my skinny ass.” Would we view this the same way? I don’t think so. I think we would pity her and conclude how sad it was that she was starving herself to death.

NO ONE should be shamed or ridiculed because of their shape or size and we should celebrate bodies of all shapes and sizes, within reason.

Should we really be encouraging destructive practices in the name of inclusivity, positivity and political correctness?

My thoughts are that the pendulum has swung way too far in the other direction. This cover captures the zeitgeist of today and that scares me! It normalizes obesity and can be seen as shaming people who exercise and who follow a healthy diet.

It pushes a message, a new standard of attractiveness, one of “fat acceptance” that flies in the face of medical evidence.

People are a prisoner of their diet. I know I certainly was. You have to stop eating shit and stop eating so much. People feel unsatisfied, unfulfilled and unhappy and are medicating themselves with food.

With this is mind, is this cover really a portrayal of self love? Open for discussion!