Women’s Fitness magazine apologises after telling readers to ‘burn off Christmas calories’

‘We were trying to encourage you to exercise,’ tweets publication

Olivia Petter
Monday 28 December 2020 22:01 GMT
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A women’s health magazine has apologised after it posted a tweet encouraging readers to "burn off those Christmas calories”.

On Sunday, Women’s Fitness Magazine tweeted: “Are you getting out for a run, walk or cycle today? It’s a great day to burn off those Christmas calories… post your pics here!”

However, the attempt at calling on people to share their exercise routines backfired, and people quickly started criticising the publication for its tweet.

“I find it really sad that in 2020 you’re promoting the need to ‘burn off’ Christmas calories,” tweeted one person.

“I think that’s a very triggering and outdated message to be sharing. You’re encouraging women to work out from a place of guilt/shame which I think is very negative and dangerous.”

A consultant psychiatrist added: "Hugely concerning and problematic language. We shouldn’t be ascribing moral labels to food and exercise or encouraging people to adopt an earn and burn mentality; it’s the fall out from these damaging marketing campaigns that I see only too well in clinic.

“As a mainstream fitness magazine, why not use the opportunity to promote the positive mental and physical health benefits to be gained from going outdoors/ exercise; improved mood, better sleep, more energy etc. Disappointing.”

Others accused the publication of using “damaging" language and urged it to delete the tweet.

The magazine has now issued an apology, explaining that its intention was simply to encourage people to work out over the festive period.

“Sorry to anyone upset by our recent post about getting out and burning off Xmas calories,” it tweeted. 

“We were trying to encourage you to exercise, share your pics and to not to wait until January if you have fitness or weight-loss goals. We know that not everyone exercises for weight loss.”

The Independent has contacted Women’s Fitness for further comment.

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