Jillian Michaels isn’t about to sugarcoat it for you: she will never, ever celebrate Lizzo’s body.
The fitness expert sat down with Billy Bush on Monday’s Extra’s and attempted to clear the air on
While The Biggest Loser made sure to clarify her comments during Monday’s chat with Bush, she also doubled down on her initial point: that being overweight, in her opinion, isn’t something we should be celebrating.
Adding more context to how the comments came up, she explained:
“Here’s the reality… [the discussion] was actually about The Biggest Loser and does that show work today, and I said I don’t think so, because I think the world has become so PC that we’ve gone so far to glamorize obesity and… I think this is where things can become unsafe, that we’re denying the reality of certain health ramifications.”
Michaels went on to dish there are “two different narratives” we can subscribe to:
“One narrative is love yourself, value yourself, and — by the way — only from this place can you be healthier, mentally, physically… believe in your worth and believe in your ability, but where this comes into play, right, you’re weight, your size, whatever you want to call it, is your health, and denying that there are serious health ramifications when we are overweight is just not a lie I’m willing to tell.”
While the fitness star wouldn’t budge on her stance, she did admit she regrets personally targeting Lizzo instead of making the conversation about the apparent obesity glamorization epidemic in general.
When asked what she would say to the Grammy nominee, Michaels said:
“Well, first of all, she didn’t invite this at all and what I really regret is this argument became about a person and what happened was I was asked if I celebrate her being overweight and I should have said, ‘I don’t celebrate anyone being overweight,’ and I don’t know what would I say to her. I’m a huge fan, which is exactly what I said in the interview…. Unfortunately, a human being was attached to a case that I was making. I wish that I would have responded that I don’t celebrate anyone being overweight.”
That includes herself. She explained:
“I happen to be one of them. I was an overweight kid… 175 pounds at five foot one… So when I tell you I understand this, I understand this from a 360-degree perspective… Are we all built the same? No, I’m built with a slower metabolism, it just means I gotta to eat a little bit less, I gotta move a little more… Nevertheless, no matter how you look at it… I’m simply saying it’s extremely unhealthy and obesity is the number one contributor to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, which are the number one things to kill Americans — this is a fact.”
And she wonders why people prefer to subscribe to Lizzo’s lighter, self-love narrative…
What do U think about Jillian’s comments, Perezcious readers?
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