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    'Lady is Obese, It's Health Epidemic': Twitter Uproar Over Cosmo Cover

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    Embracing obesity is incredibly damaging, according to some of Twitter users, who joined a fiery debate on body image online.

    British journalist and TV presenter Piers Morgan has slammed the Cosmopolitan magazine for featuring plus-size model Tess Holliday on its cover, arguing it doesn't represent 'positive body image.'

    Following a storm of criticism and commentary to his post, including arguments by dietitians, Mr. Morgan hit back with another message.

    The presenter said that — despite arguments against "weight bias" and for "diversity" — he failed to see the point.

    However, not everyone disagreed with the British media personality, as comments surfaced on Twitter against "embracing of obesity."

    The issue of obesity in Britain is prevalent, with the UK's National Health Service (NHS) spending £6.1 billion on overweight and obesity-related ill-health in 2017-18.  

    Nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 in Britain are overweight or obese, with youngsters becoming obese at an earlier age and staying obese for longer.        

    READ MORE: No Junk Food Ads Before 9PM: New UK Reform to Stop Childhood Obesity

    Tess Holiday describes herself as "American model plus size model & body positivity ambassador," has previously appeared on the cover of People MagazineLA Weekly and has been named one of the world's top plus models by Vogue Italia.


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