Cosmo’s Headline About Cancer Survivor’s Weight Loss Is A Doozy


Like a cover-up on a book, headlines are guessed to seduce potential readers but this Cosmopolitan one took that premise a little too far.

In a piece that went up on on Monday afternoon, editor Elizabeth Narins tells the story of 31 -year-old Simone Harbinson and the life-threatening health intimidatesshe faced over the course of a tumultuous two years.

The story records the maladies she stood and fights she overcame, but the original headline, strangely, merely focused on Harbinsons weight loss 😛 TAGEND


Harbinson is an Instagram fitness blogger so we understand that exercise and healthy living is significant to the tale, but the headline stimulates it seem like her ailments were a weight loss hack.

But the weight loss facet of Harbinsons story is unrelated to everything she suffered through.

Harbinson got a severe kidney infection, testedpositive for a malignant carcinoid tumor of the appendix, contracted an infection that required her to be quarantined, experienced a partial lung collapse, and suffered from chronic pain stemming from a injury disc in her back. And thats not even all the adversities she endured.

The article also notes that Harbinsonlost 44 pounds without a single conference at the gym , noting that because shes still regaining from surgery, she isnt physically able to work out the lane she used to before her cancer diagnosis.

While weight loss is surely a major doctrine of the Cosmo brand, this headline and slant, if you want to call it that, is altogether tone deaf. And many people concurred 😛 TAGEND

Cosmopolitan deleted the tweet touting the tale merely under an hour after “its been” posted.

Its important to note that many the authors and journalists do not come up with the headlines for their parts because an editor( or editors) is involved. So, more than one person at the publication signed off on this, which is probably how right after the tweet was deleted the publication swapped out the original headline for this 😛 TAGEND

The dek accompanying the revised headline is still the same as it was in the original part and its tone is also problematic. As Twitter noted above, its stimulating cancer appear as though its a diet.

Despite the changed headline, Cosmopolitan did not threw a note on the part indicating that anything had been altered.

For Harbinsons part, she didnt appear to have an issue with the headlines message. She sent out this post on her Instagram after the article was wrote 😛 TAGEND

HuffPost has reached out to the writer, Harbinson, and Cosmopolitan for comment.

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