Celebrity Trainer Jillian Michaels Body Shames Lizzo And It’s Not OK

January 9, 2020 By Jordan Miller

“Cause it isn’t gonna be awesome if she gets diabetes.”

Jillian Michaels slammed CrossFit last year because ignorance blinded her from seeing how beneficial it actually is, but I was willing to let it go. Her latest dig, this time aimed at one of the greatest newcomers in music, is the final straw.

Michaels appeared on BuzzFeed News‘ “AM to DM” this week. When asked about Lizzo’s figure, Michaels questioned why the world is celebrating her curves.

“Why are we celebrating (Lizzo’s) body?,” she asked.

“Why does it matter? Why aren’t we celebrating her music?,” Michaels said. “‘Cause it isn’t gonna be awesome if she gets diabetes.”

Michaels affirmed she’s still a fan of the “Good As Hell” singer.

“I love her music. My kid loves her music,” she said. “But there’s never a moment where I’m like, ‘And I’m so glad that she’s overweight.’ “

Michaels received a wave of backlash for her comments. She posted a statement on social media:

“As I’ve stated repeatedly, we are all beautiful, worthy, and equally deserving,” she wrote.

“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.”She added “I would never wish these for ANYONE and I would hope we prioritize our health because we LOVE ourselves and our bodies.”

Last month, social commentator Dr. Boyce Watkins said Lizzo is so popular in the US because of the country’s obesity epidemic.

“Rather than encouraging people to do better, we are simply lying to them and telling them that they are just fine the way they are,” Watkins tweeted. “Unfortunately, Many of these people are dying from diabetes and heart disease.”

Lizzo clapped back.

“I’m popular because I write good songs and I’m talented and perform high energy hour and a half shows filled with love. The only person who needs to do better is you,” she tweeted. “Keep my name out ya mouth & look in the mirror before you come for me. Here’s the attention you ordered.”

Michaels has a point, but her delivery *****. It’s important everyone strives to be their best selves both mentally and physically; your body is a temple and it’s the only you get. However, instead of Michaels body shaming Lizzo’s weight, she could have used the opportunity to suggest ways in which Lizzo could maintain her body-positive message while also working towards a goal.

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