Former Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels criticized Lizzo‘s weight, with social media users called her comments fatphobic and body shaming. In a new statement, Michaels did not apologize and said obesity comes with
“serious health consequences.”
Michaels appeared on BuzzFeed’s digital show AM to DM on Wednesday morning to talk about her career, and the conversation veered into Lizzo’s appearance and the trend of body positivity.
“Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter? Why aren’t we celebrating her music?
‘Cause it isn’t going to be awesome if she gets diabetes. I’m just being honest. I love her music, my kid loves her music, but there’s never a moment when I’m like, ‘I’m so glad she’s overweight.’ Why do I even care? Why is it my job to care about her weight?”
Michaels released a followup statement on Twitter later, sticking to her original sentiment about the consequences of being overweight, reinforcing that with a message of self-love.
“As I’ve stated repeatedly, we are all beautiful, worthy and equally deserving. I also feel strongly that we love ourselves enough to acknowledge there are serious health consequences that come with obesity – heart disease, diabetes, cancer to name only a few.” keto diet has become one of the most popular diets of recent years is a complete understatement. Case in point: There are more than one million searches on free keto app. It’s unique because the fad diet has captured the interest of people who want to lose weight — and there’s no shortage of reported success stories to be found.
I would never wish these for ANYONE and I would hope we prioritize our health because we LOVE ourselves and our bodies.”
Many Twitter users denounced Michaels saying she has no place to comment on someone else’s body and doesn’t realize how much physical work goes into Lizzo’s high-energy shows.
Lizzo has not publicly responded to Michaels. On Wednesday, our girl (who’s touring Australia) shared a video that seemed to address her position in general saying,
“Today’s mantra is: This is my life. I have done nothing wrong. I forgive myself for thinking I was wrong in the first place. I deserve to be happy,”
As they say, “you do you”, Lizzo.
(Photos, screen grab, Avalon; via EW)