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GMB viewers defend Piers Morgan after saying plus-size Cosmopolitan cover is ‘not healthy’

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Good Morning Britain viewers have defended Piers Morgan against accusations of ‘body-shaming’ after he said that a Cosmopolitan magazine cover featuring plus-size models is ‘not healthy’. 

The cover of the February issue stars plus-size women with the tagline ‘This is healthy’ for an edition dedicated to body positivity, but Piers previously branded the magazine ‘shamefully irresponsible’.

Debating the cover this morning with Zumba instructor Samantha Coote, from Croydon, and health coach Mandy Platt, from London, Piers argued there’s ‘nothing to celebrate about being obese in the middle of a pandemic’.  

Viewers agreed with Piers, arguing that being either overweight or underweight is not good for you, and suggesting the cover should have called the women ‘beautiful’ rather than ‘healthy’.  

The February Cosmopolitan cover stars plus-size women with the tagline 'This is healthy' for an edition dedicated to body positivity

The February Cosmopolitan cover stars plus-size women with the tagline ‘This is healthy’ for an edition dedicated to body positivity

Piers, 55, (left) argued there's 'nothing to celebrate about being obese in the middle of a pandemic', while Susanna Reid (right) argued the cover was 'accepting' different body shapes

Piers, 55, (left) argued there’s ‘nothing to celebrate about being obese in the middle of a pandemic’, while Susanna Reid (right) argued the cover was ‘accepting’ different body shapes 

One viewers wrote: ‘Imagine the uproar if they had a super skinny model on the cover that said “This Is Healthy”. I think we all know what is healthy and what isn’t.’ 

Another said: ‘I’m 100% behind @piersmorgan on this one! He’s not having a go he’s actually talking sense (strangely).’ 

‘Don’t normally have time to watch @GMB but caught the argument on the Cosmo cover. I agree with @piersmorgan here in that is not healthy. Why not say, “This is beautiful”? – because it certainly is not healthy!’, agreed a third. 

A fourth commented: ‘Omg, Piers is not body-shaming, he is clearly saying that Cosmo should not say it’s healthy! It is not healthy to be that weight, come on guys surely that is obvious! I am slightly overweight and I know it’s not healthy!’ 

Viewers agreed with Piers, arguing that being both overweight or underweight is not healthy and suggesting the cover had called the women 'beautiful' rather than 'healthy

Viewers agreed with Piers, arguing that being both overweight or underweight is not healthy and suggesting the cover had called the women ‘beautiful’ rather than ‘healthy

Fitness instructor Samantha suggested that overweight people can also be healthy depending on their lifestyle, while Piers argued that being obese should not be promoted during the coronavirus crisis.   

Research from University College London has found that being overweight raises the risk of severe Covid-19 by at least 40 per cent, while obese people may be 70 per cent more likely to end up in hospital if they catch the disease 

‘Just because we are bigger women it doesn’t mean we are promoting obesity, said Samantha. ‘There’s lots of women who are underweight and they are always splashed on front covers.’ 

She went on: ‘I am a size 18, I eat well, I am a Zumba instructor – but you look at me and say I’m not healthy. I’m probably more healthy than people 

‘Speaking from my own experience as a bigger woman, I deserve to be on a magazine cover. Why can’t I be celebrated too?’ 

Fitness instructor Samantha suggested that overweight people can also be healthy depending on their lifestyle

Fitness instructor Samantha suggested that overweight people can also be healthy depending on their lifestyle 

Piers argued that being obese still should not be promoted during the coronavirus crisis where overweight people are more at risk

Piers argued that being obese still should not be promoted during the coronavirus crisis where overweight people are more at risk

Piers said: ‘There’s nothing to celebrate about being obese in the middle of a pandemic, where you have a 70 per cent bigger chance of being ill with coronavirus if you are obese.’  

After Samantha argued the benefits of being body positive on mental health, Piers turned to Dr Hilary who said: ‘When you are overweight you are more likely to have metabolic syndrome, higher cholesterol, greater risks of heart disease and strokes. 

‘The longer you spend overweight the shorter your life will be.’ 

After being asked whether obese people who stay fit could still be considered healthy, he said: ‘There isn’t really an argument. If you have visceral fat then you’re much more likely to have heart disease in the future.’ 

After Hilary called obesity ‘undoubtably a risk factor for Covid’, Piers went on to argue that while there should be no shame in being overweight, calling it healthy on a magazine cover is ‘irresponsible’. 

After Samantha argued the benefits of mental health, Piers turned to Dr Hilary (bottom left) who called obesity 'undoubtably a risk factor for Covid'

After Samantha argued the benefits of mental health, Piers turned to Dr Hilary (bottom left) who called obesity ‘undoubtably a risk factor for Covid’

He added: ‘I am a happy confident man, but I don’t expect to be on the cover of men’s health with a headline saying I’m the picture of perfect health. I’m not, I need to lose a bit of weight.’  

Host Susanna Reid argued: ‘It’s accepting that people are different shapes and sizes and if you exercise you’ll get healthy.’ 

However Piers snapped back: ‘Its not saying that Susanna – its not saying if you go and exercise its healthy, its saying that being obese is healthy. That is a lie, it is not.’ 

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