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On January 8, fitness guru Jillian Michaels appeared on Buzzfeed’s morning show “AM to DM” on Twitter.
During the segment, host Alex Berg praised singers like Lizzo for “preaching self-acceptance.” This led to the following exchange between Berg and Michaels:
MICHAELS: I love her music, yeah, 100%. I don’t know anything about her. I’m sure she’s a cool, awesome chick.
BERG: Yeah, and I love that they’re putting images out there that we normally don’t get to see of bodies that we don’t get to see being celebrated.
MICHAELS: But why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter? That’s what I’m saying. Why aren’t we celebrating her music? Because it isn’t going to be awesome if she gets diabetes. I’m just being honest. I love her music, like, my kid loves her music, but there’s never a moment when I’m like, “And I’m so glad she’s overweight.” Like, why do I even care? Why is it my job to care about her weight?
Well, that’s the clip that blew up on social media. There’s actually some more context. The full exchange between Berg and Michaels about fat acceptance and the unhealthy nature of obesity can be read at the end of this piece.
Following the interview, Michaels got smacked on social media for her comments about Lizzo. The fitness guru received backup as well.
On Wednesday, Michaels posted a photo to her Instagram from when she was 14 years old and 175 lbs. She captioned the image: “Here’s me at 5’0 tall and 175 lbs. If I can do it – anyone can. Share your story…”
Some indeed shared their stories below the post.
User Kimberspores wrote: “I was close to 180lbs at 5’3″ at one point. Now I’m at 145 and working on losing more with your help. I honestly have never felt more inspired than when you’re yelling at me from my tv screen.”
User Thesarahsaurus13 wrote: “You helped me go from 165 to 120 lbs! But better than that, you give me the motivation to get up and care about myself every day! Thank you!!”
Others thanked Michaels for not backing down.
User irrevelry wrote: “Started following you after your comments about heavy entertainers…nothing personal against overweight people it’s just the truth. Thank you for standing by your statements. Gravitas for sure. We need more of your voice of reason.”
Honestly – I was asked a question [if] I celebrate her being overweight. Had zero intention to involve her. I don’t celebrate ANYONE overweight because it kills people. BUT it doesn’t mean I don’t celebrate the actual person. Sorta like if your best friend was a smoker – you love them, celebrate them, but certainly wouldn’t celebrate the fact that they smoke… @prettybitches_bychloe I’m looking at you.
As of publication, Michaels’ throwback photo has over 25,600 “likes” on Instagram.