Jillian Michaels is under fire for commenting about Lizzo’s weight

Jillian Michaels

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The celebrity trainer best known for her work on "The Biggest Loser", appeared on BuzzFeed News' "AM to DM" on Wednesday when talk turned to the plus-size singer.

'Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter? "'Cause it isn't gonna be awesome if she gets diabetes".

"I'm just being honest", Michaels said. "I'm saying that I don't love Lizzo because she's overweight, I like her because of her music", she added. "My kid loves her music", she said.

She adds, "I would never wish these for ANYONE and I would hope we prioritize our health because we LOVE ourselves and our bodies". "Why is my job to care about her weight?"

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Jillian Michaels does not see why everyone is so eager to celebrate Lizzo's body. "I deserve to be happy".

Those comments created a social media firestorm with critics accusing Michaels of "body shaming" and being "fatphobic". "Stop concern-trolling fat people and get in the bin", tweeted actress Jameela Jamil.

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"As I've stated repeatedly, we are all handsome, 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", Jillian wrote. Michaels still stood firm in her stance on things. Lizzo's ability to perform a long, active concert was brought up as an indicator of her health.

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In response, Michaels challenged Roker to a "civil, intelligent debate" on the diet. At some point, Bravo's Andy Cohen also weighed in, calling Michaels a "bad idea".

No, the fitness trainer and former "Biggest Loser" coach didn't specifically go after Lizzo. Pasternak told the Guardian in 2016 that he had a number of concerns about the show, including the casting of Michaels.

Michaels' comments come after Lizzo "quit Twitter" this week, citing that the "trolls" were proving too much for her.

Last month, Michaels told Women's Health UK that she believed political correctness was putting the lives of obese people in danger. It's not about saying that I don't respect her, I don't think she's awesome, I absolutely do.

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"Fat shaming is not ok. But we've become so politically correct that no one wants to say it".

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