Society assigns immense importance to weight loss, irrespective of whether it is attained in a healthy or unhealthy manner. People bring up the topic of weight loss even on inappropriate occasions from weddings to funerals. So much so that even when there is a full-fledged war between Israel and Palestine going on, some want to take the stress and anxiety induced by it to lose weight. I’m not even kidding.
The Jerusalem Post recently published an article online whose headline read, “How to use the stress from the Israel-Hamas war to lose weight.”
They went on to share the link to the article on social media and wrote a very disturbing caption supporting it. The caption read, “Fears of rockets and missiles amid Israel’s war with Hamas putting millions of Israelis in a constant state of anxiety and stress. But you can actually use this stress to lose weight and stay healthy.”
This was followed by a series of hashtags like #Israel, #HamasTerrorists, #Gaza, and #weightloss.
After sharing this article online, The Jerusalem Post was met with severe criticism and backlash for their insensitivity and trivializing the actual horrors of war faced by those who are getting bombed and are surrounded by death. Here’s a look at some of the reactions:
— Oliver Darko (@oliver_drk) November 6, 2023
Hot take: War is not a weight loss plan. https://t.co/amcK7oOKI6
— Ashton Pittman (@ashtonpittman) November 6, 2023
Palestinians are going hungry because of the siege as part of a genocide and here is a headline that I wouldn't have believed was real if I didn't see it myself. https://t.co/zpPTIFeRt3
This is so dystopian I don’t even know how to comprehend it. https://t.co/mSqgJvSIbH
— Amy McQuire (@amymcquire) November 6, 2023
After being slammed online, the news company decided to take the article down and delete it.
It can’t get more dystopian than this.