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Magda Szubanski slams ‘diet culture’ and ‘awful’ doctors who tell her to lose weight

Magda Szubanski has come out swinging against ‘diet culture’ and the stigma attached to obesity. 

In an essay published by ABC News on Sunday, the former Kath & Kim star, 61, reflected on her lifelong weight battle and why diets aren’t the answer to her problem.

‘We’ve all done the diets and the statistics are dire — only a tiny minority of people manage to keep the weight off,’ the 61-year-old wrote. 

Magda Szubanski, 61, (pictured) slammed ‘diet culture’ and ‘awful’ doctors who tell her to lose weight in an essay published by ABC News on Sunday 

‘It’s what’s sustainable and maintainable, that’s far more challenging. I’ve lost weight before, and as my endocrinologist said, that drive to eat — the hunger drive — is very powerful,’ she explained.

Magda insisted that diets have done nothing but disrupt her metabolism, making it even harder to control her weight. 

‘I’ve had doctors say really awful things to me in the past, like “you need to lose weight” and I’ll say, “what do you suggest I do?” And they say: “Eat less, move more”.

Magda insisted that diets have done nothing but disrupt her metabolism, making it even harder to control her weight

Magda insisted that diets have done nothing but disrupt her metabolism, making it even harder to control her weight

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‘That’s not even true, now there’s much more understanding of the complex endocrinology for overweight people — there can be a lot going on.’

The Babe star even blamed society’s obsession with ‘healthy ideals’ and ‘anti-fat attitudes’ as the reason why people are getting fatter. 

She believes that when obese people are no longer bullied, their cortisol levels will reduce, making it easier for them to lose weight. 

Cortisol stimulates your fat and carbohydrate metabolism, causing your appetite to increase. 

Magda hopes to raise awareness about the importance of healthy living in her new ABC television series Magda’s Big National Health Check, which airs on Tuesday. 

It comes after Magda publicly called out the vilification of ‘fat people’ in a controversial tweet last Sunday. 

It comes after Magda publicly called out the vilification of 'fat people' in a controversial tweet last Sunday

It comes after Magda publicly called out the vilification of ‘fat people’ in a controversial tweet last Sunday 

‘It’s interesting to me that you are banned from attacking just about every identity on Twitter except being fat. Why are we not protected from vilification?’ she mused. 

The star was instantly set upon by social media users who viciously attacked her. 

‘Have another Snickers bar. Sounds like your blood sugar is low,’ one user wrote. 

'It's interesting to me that you are banned from attacking just about every identity on Twitter except being fat. Why are we not protection from vilification?' she mused

‘It’s interesting to me that you are banned from attacking just about every identity on Twitter except being fat. Why are we not protection from vilification?’ she mused

‘Lose some weight then,’ another added. 

Despite receiving plenty of support from fans, the controversial tweet saw more personal attacks. 

‘Ever see any obese old people? No, because they all die young. If you are going to do that to yourself, then you will have to accept noticing,’ another wrote.  

‘Because you choose to be fat,’ yet another wrote.

'Ever see any obese old people? No, because they all die young. If you are going to do that to yourself, then you will have to accept noticing,' another wrote

‘Ever see any obese old people? No, because they all die young. If you are going to do that to yourself, then you will have to accept noticing,’ another wrote

Magda was only too happy to slam the backlash with her accusing the online users of saying they are dumping their ‘toxic self-loathing’ onto her, as they believe she ‘wouldn’t fight back’. 

‘It’s pretty clear from the response to my tweet that some people hate fat people because their own hearts are so full of hate that they need to dump all their toxic self-loathing onto someone who they think won’t fight back. 

‘Well, not this little fat duck. She got teeth,’ she wrote. 

'It's pretty clear from the response to my tweet that some people hate fat people because their own hearts are so full of hate that they need to dump all their toxic self-loathing onto someone who they think won't fight back. Well, not this little fat duck. She got teeth,' she wrote

‘It’s pretty clear from the response to my tweet that some people hate fat people because their own hearts are so full of hate that they need to dump all their toxic self-loathing onto someone who they think won’t fight back. Well, not this little fat duck. She got teeth,’ she wrote

This isn’t the first time Magda has clapped back at cruel trolls online who have taunted her over her weight.   

A troll tweeted at Magda in March of this year: ‘Go on a diet. Not rocket science and stop being a pathetic victim.’

Magda’s scathing reply went viral, after she told them there ‘isn’t a cure for nasty’.

‘Thanks for your unsolicited medical advice WinnieLotsOfNumbersBot. I’ve been on many diets,’ she added.

‘Maybe you’re right. Maybe a diet is the long term solution (debatable). Sadly for you though, there ain’t no cure for nasty.’  

Magda is one of Australia’s most well-known actresses and comedians, and is best known for playing lovable loser Sharon Strzelecki on ABC sitcom Kath & Kim.

The Babe star is also a passionate LGBTQI rights advocate.

Magda’s Big National Health Check will premiere Tuesday at 8:30pm on ABC. 

Magda's Big National Health Check will premiere Tuesday at 8:30pm on ABC

  Magda’s Big National Health Check will premiere Tuesday at 8:30pm on ABC

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