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December 13, 2019
Jillian Michaels: Yes to Inclusivity, No to Glamorizing Obesity
As a general rule, those who are obese know it. We don't need to tell them they're fat when buttoning their jeans is a daily struggle. You got that? But there's a big difference between not telling someone they're pudgy and telling them their flabs are fab. The problem is, in today's world, not telling someone they're big and beautiful is "fat shaming." If I object to Lizzo twerking her behemoth badunkadunk, I'm now a fat-shamer. That's a problem, and one on which fitness guru Jillian Michaels has thoughts which she shared with Women's Health Magazine.
'I think we’re politically correct to the point of endangering people. Yes, we want to be inclusive of everyone [and respect that] everyone comes in all different shapes and sizes.
'That nobody should ever be body shamed or fat shamed or excluded and that everyone is equally deserving and should feel equally valuable. But obesity in itself is not something that should be glamourised. But we’ve become so politically correct that no one wants to say it,' she said, in her interview.
Later in the interview, Michaels says she's tried veganism a few times because it's "better for the planet" and she "loves animals" so the lady is hardly a right wing nut. But she's right on this. Check out: FAT PRIDE: The Unfiltered, Unpopular Truth!
There's a big difference between valuing who people are and celebrating unhealthy behaviors. When Michaels was asked if she thought the 'Biggest Loser' could be remade today:
'I think the world has shifted to a place where that format and messaging is considered fat shaming. But it isn’t, and it’s not meant to be. Now we’ve gone so far in the opposite direction.'
Again, a lot of people are overweight and know it. We don't need to tell them to go Keto or go die. No one is saying the skinny should whip the fat into shape. Okay? Okay. But the "celebrate all sizes" and "you're beautiful with the BMI of a Beluga" is going in the exact wrong direction.
Part of me wonders if a lot of the thin, beautiful people encouraging fat people to stay fat are doing so for their own vanity. You ever think about that?