- In an interview with Carlos Watson, Jillian Michaels referenced the backlash she faced for commenting on Lizzo’s weight last year.
- She said we shouldn’t celebrate people based on their body, big or small.
- She also clarified that obesity is a health issue that doesn’t affect a person’s worth as much as it affects them as a human being.
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“Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter?” Michaels said in the clip, that went viral January 2020. “It isn’t going to be awesome if she gets diabetes.”
Michaels told Watson she’s still concerned about the health risks, but regrets conflating obesity as a health issue with one specific person. Going forward, she’d rather keep Lizzo out of the conversation, she told Watson.
“I’ve never once actually brought her up, she has been brought up to me. I would like to separate her from the issue, if at all possible, and I should have done that the first time I was asked,” Michaels said.
However, she repeated her assertions that obesity is dangerous, citing statistics about the number of Americans with obesity and chronic health issues.
“When you are an expert in a category, you have a responsibility to tell the truth, whether it makes you popular or not,” she told Watson.
Obesity may affect health, but it’s not a measure of worth
Research shows that factors like blood pressure, insulin resistance, and cholesterol levels are more important. Studies also show that pressure to lose weight can increase the risk of dangerous eating disorders and worsens health.
Michaels also said a person’s body size has nothing to do with their worth.
“We need to celebrate individuals. We shouldn’t celebrate somebody because they’re big, we shouldn’t celebrate somebody because they’re small. We should celebrate somebody on the quality of their character,” she said. “Obesity is just unhealthy. That’s it. And it has no merit on the quality of the human. They’re not connected.”