My Thoughts On “Body Shaming”

Obesity has become such a polarized issue, and wrongfully so. That is why my opinion on this matter may get some backlash… But I’m going to share it, anyway.  When you’re finished reading, comment down below with [italicized] your thoughts on “Body Shaming.”
Alright, now, let’s get into this. I’ll start off with a recent event, because it really highlights how crazy things have become over this topic. Last month, Jillian Michaels was in an interview with BuzzFeed News talking about the famous singer Lizzo. For context, almost everyone knows that Jillian Michaels is the famous personal trainer who once hosted the show “The Biggest Loser.” And by now probably everybody knows that Lizzo is a famous singer who happens to be either really overweight or obese (however you would like to slice that). So just keep that in mind…
During a conversation on the “Good As Hell” singer, Jillian made some comments that — Not everyone agrees with her, to put it mildly. Her comments came in right after the interviewer stated that she loves artists like Lizzo who “are really preaching self-acceptance” and that “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…”
“Why are we celebrating her body?” Jillian asked. “Why aren’t we celebrating her music, cuz it isn’t gonna be awesome when she gets diabetes.” She went on to say, “I love her music, my kid loves her music… but there’s never a moment where I’m like, ‘I’m so glad that she’s overweight!’ “
I’ll put a link to the full interview at the bottom of this post.
All that Jillian Michaels said in that interview about Lizzo… is all that you would expect a [italicized] personal trainer to say. A personal trainer’s job is literally to help people lose weight, stay active, and be HEALTHY. Might I add in that their jobs revolve literally around the facts. The same can be said of doctors, nurses, physical therapists, or anyone else in the medical and athletic fields. What are the facts? That an excess in body fat is a direct cause of: heart disease, heart attacks, diabetes, stoke, cancer, sleep apnea, muscle soreness and weakness, joint pain, fatty liver disease, kidney disease,  pregnancy problems.. The list goes on.
All our lives, we’ve had the knowledge ingrained in us– through TV ads, in school, etc.– that being overweight is not a healthy lifestyle. Does anybody remember watching ‘Supersize Me” in high school? Even Michelle Obama has implemented measures to promote the fight against childhood obesity. The reason for all this is that the United States has more overweight and obese people than ever before and that is a real problem. So when we hold up celebrities who are bigger in size for prancing around with their “fat and happy” banners while accusing well-known  experts like Jillian Michaels of “fat shaming,” we are taking two steps [italicized] backward as a country.
Please don’t misunderstand what I’m saying here. One can be beatiful, powerful, and inspiring [italicized] in spite of being overweight. Melissa McCarthy comes to mind as someone with a “this is me” attitude when it comes to people being critical of her weight. She’s also made great strides toward weightloss — And for those efforts, she looked great!
But the act of being fat itself does not make a person beautiful. It is not healthy. It is not cool. It should not be celebrated. The facts support that.

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