Jillian Michaels continues to try to clear the air after being accused of body-shaming Lizzo.
The fitness pro and former The Biggest Loser trainer, 45, again discussed the controversy on Monday’s Extra. She said that while she sticks by her sentiment — that glamorizing obesity is dangerous — she regrets talking about it related to one specific person.
“Well, first of all, she didn’t invite this at all,” Michaels said of the “Truth Hurts” singer, who has been praised for her body positivity, “and what I really regret is this argument became about a person.”
Michaels said that her initial comments, on BuzzFeed’s show AM to DM earlier this month, came after, “I was asked if I celebrate her being overweight. 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 [of her music], which is exactly what I said in the interview.”
“Unfortunately,” she continued, “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 said, Michaels maintains her position that “the world has become so PC that we’ve gone so far to glamorize obesity.” And she says, “This is where things can become unsafe, that we’re denying the reality of certain health ramifications.”
Michaels also reminded viewers that she’s been overweight, so obesity is something she understands from both sides.
“I happen to be [someone who had weight issues],” she said. “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… 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.”
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