While promoting her new app, My Fitness, Jillian Michaels stopped by Buzzfeed News' AM to DM program to talk all things health and wellness in the new year.
"I love her music. I'm saying that I don't love Lizzo because she's overweight, I like her because of her music", she added.
"Why are we celebrating (Lizzo's) body?", she asked. Like why aren't we celebrating her music?
"Because", the trainer and life coach said, "it isn't going to be awesome if she gets diabetes".
She added, "I'm just being honest". I also feel strongly that we love ourselves enough to acknowledge that there are serious healthy consequences that come with obesity - heart disease, diabetes, cancer to name only a few.
Michaels claimed she wasn't expressly wishing those health issues upon those considered overweight or obese, but advocated for people to "prioritize our health because we LOVE ourselves and our bodies".
Michaels ended her speech by asking "Why do we even care?"
Whoopi Goldberg is jumping to Lizzo's defense after Jillian Michaels criticized the musician's weight.
Michaels' statement got a lot of heat online. Scroll on below to see her response, as well as the back and forth discussion happening around the topic.
"Her music is about positivity, personal acceptance, and celebration", wrote one Twitter user. "Why is This woman acting like she's an MRI?"
Furthermore, it's more than possible for "thin" people, or people who do not outwardly appear unhealthy, to get diseases like diabetes.
Lizzo was body shamed by Jillian Michaels but she still keeps the positive vibes no matter what!
In an attempt to clarify her comments, Michaels took to Twitter today to note that while people are "all lovely worthy and equally deserving", she also strongly believes that "we love ourselves enough to acknowledge there are serious health consequences that come with obesity".
Twitter immediately pounced on Michaels' public pronouncements. I've done nothing wrong.
"I think we're politically correct to the point of endangering people. I deserve to be happy".
USA TODAY reached out to Lizzo's and Michaels' reps for comment.
Speaking to the publication - without referencing Jillian's words - Lizzo said: 'Now, there's a whole new generation of kids listening to music that encourages them to love themselves and accept their bodies.