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Comedian Sofie Hagen announces new book after Cancer Research 'fat shaming' row


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Comedian Sofie Hagen has said that her first book, about 'why it's okay to be fat', will be released in Spring 2019.

Hagen made the announcement on Twitter, following a row over 'fat-shaming' in a Cancer Research UK campaign against obesity. 

The Danish comedian initially spoke out about a poster from the campaign, which spelled the word 'obesity' with missing letters and asked people to guess the biggest cause of cancer after smoking.

She tweeted a photo of the poster on Wednesday, writing: 'Is anyone currently working on getting this piece of shit CancerResearchUK advert removed from everywhere? Is there something I can sign? How the fucking fuck is this okay?'

The tweet was met with both support and criticism. In response to the later Hagen, who has been an active campaigner against 'fat-shaming' for several years, made the announcement that she will release a book about 'why it's okay to be fat'.

'I have been informed that I am getting a lot of abusive anti-fatness tweets' Hagen wrote, 'so to you, I just want to say: I will reply to you all. But in the form of a book I am writing about why it's okay to be fat which will be released in Spring 2019.'

Cancer Research UK responded that its campaign 'isn't meant to make anyone feel bad about their weight or make anyone think negatively about people who are overweight or obese'. 

Read The National Student's September interview with Sofie Hagen here.

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