(Especially Woman's World)

Dear people of the world; Magazines are ridiculous (especially Woman’s World) and here’s why..

Woman’s World magazine has been around for nearly 40 years and specializes in weight loss, relationship advice and cooking articles. 40 years of weight loss information once a week is A LOT of information, almost seems crazy that they’ve found that many ways to lose weight right? Yeah.. because it is. Studies have shown THE ONLY WAY to lose weight is by creating a caloric deficit, meaning more calories burned than consumed. That being said, Woman’s World has stayed a successful franchise by putting eye-catching weight loss claims on almost every cover. Here are a few examples..

Dramatic claims of "melting body fat", losing 100+lbs, and magical diet pills 'verified' by Dr. Oz have been proven time and time again to be scientifically inaccurate and ineffective.

Dr. Oz, Don`t get me started …..(too late). Dr. Oz for those of you who don`t know, is a "medical professional" who addresses many of the same topics that Woman`s World discusses. Woman`s World often promotes the same health claims Dr. Oz makes on his show and many think that since he is a Doctor everything he says must be true, unfortunately that is not the case. A collection of Doctors from around the United States banded together to try and bring awareness to what Dr. Oz is doing and have him removed from Columbia`s board of medical directors.

"Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine, as well as baseless and relentless opposition to the genetic engineering of food crops. Worst of all, he has manifested an egregious lack of integrity by promoting quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain. Thus, Dr. Oz is guilty of either outrageous conflicts of interest or flawed judgements about what constitutes appropriate medical treatments, or both. Whatever the nature of his pathology, members of the public are being misled and endangered, which makes Dr. Oz's presence on the faculty of a prestigious medical institution unacceptable."

To have an influential audience of well over 5 million people and provide false hope by guaranteeing miracle treatments and promises of exponential weight loss is truly ridiculous. It just shows that you can’t trust everything you see (except for this blog of course).

Another way magazines trick you is by who they put on the cover and what they say. “GET 6 MINUTE ABS NOW” is something I’m sure we’ve all seen on the cover of a fitness magazine, posted boldly in front of the most shredded person you’ve ever seen. This illusion leads us to believe that the person on the cover used that same “6 minute ab” routine to get in the shape that they are when in reality that person has put in thousands of strict, disciplined hours to reach where they are today. There is no shortcut, or super trick to looking the best you’ve ever been, it’s simply hard work and consistency in eating healthy, exercising and living a balanced lifestyle.

As blogs and unverified information become more and more prevalent online, we must remember to look back at print media and know that they can be just as bad for being an unreliable news source. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. #factcheck #fakenews

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