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Jillian Michaels (right) stopped just short of apologizing for fat-shaming morbidly obese pop singer Lizzo.

Twitter dragged the celebrity fitness trainer after she asked: "Why are we celebrating [Lizzo's] body?"

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"Why does it matter That's what I'm saying. Like why aren't we celebrating her music? 'Cause it isn't gonna be awesome if she gets diabetes," she said during an appearance on BuzzFeed's AM to DM series last week.

She continued: "I'm just being honest. I love her music, my kid loves her music, but there's never a moment when I'm like, 'I'm so glad she's overweight.' Why do I even care? Why is it my job to care about her weight?"

On Wednesday, the celebrity fitness guru clarified her comments to Daily Pop, saying there are "two separate narratives" happening.

"One, love yourself no matter what 100 percent, always advocated that," she said. "...everybody should be included, valued, they're worthy, they're beautiful. And, only from this place, can you be healthier, physically, emotionally in your relationships, with your work."

She added: "We cannot deny the inevitable fact that being overweight leads to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and these things kill people."

Michaels said she understood the matter from both sides because she was once an overweight teenager.

She posted an Instagram photo of her younger self, captioning the image: "Here's me at 5'0 tall and 175 lbs. If I can do it - anyone can. Share your story..."
 

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Jillian Michaels refuses to back down after making negative comments about morbidly obese pop singer Lizzo, 31. Twitter dragged the celebrity fitness trainer after she asked: "Why are we celebrating her body?"

She made the comments during an appearance on BuzzFeed's AM to DM series. When the conversation turned to Lizzo's weight, Michaels said, "Why does it matter That's what I'm saying. Like why aren't we celebrating her music? 'Cause it isn't gonna be awesome if she gets diabetes."

The fitness guru continued: "I'm just being honest. I love her music, my kid loves her music, but there's never a moment when I'm like, 'I'm so glad she's overweight.' Why do I even care? Why is it my job to care about her weight?"

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Michaels, pictured with her adopted daughter, is the 2nd public figure to criticize the "Truth Hurts" singer for glamorizing obesity.

Dr. Boyce Watkins caught heat for saying Lizzo is popular due to "America's obesity epidemic."

The response to Michaels' comments was immediate. Fans and celebrities slammed the openly lesbian trainer.

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Lizzo quit Twitter after her online beef with Dr. Boyce Watkins, who claimed her popularity was due to the "obesity epidemic in America."

The "Good As Hell" singer announced she was quitting Twitter just one week into the New Year.

"Yeah I can't do this Twitter s--t no more," she tweeted before adding, "too many trolls. "I'll be back when I feel like it."

Lizzo's followers assumed she quit due to her run-in with Watkins, an author and financial expert.

On Dec. 20, Watkins wrote:

"#Lizzo popular is because there is an obesity epidemic in America. Rather than encouraging people to do better, we are simply lying to them and telling them that they are just fine the way they are. Unfortunately, Many of these people are dying from diabetes and heart disease."

The "Juice" singer clapped back, saying her immense "talent" was behind her widespread popularity.

"I'm popular because I write good songs and I'm talented and perform high energy hour and a half shows filled with love," Lizzo fired back. "The only person who needs to do better is you. Keep my name out ya mouth & look in the mirror before you come for me."

She added: "Here's the attention you ordered."

According to industry insiders, Lizzo tips the scale at 280-300 pounds and she has obesity-related health problems that caused her to cancel recent concert dates.

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Dr. Boyce Watkins defended his comments, saying hip-hop artist Lizzo is popular due to the epidemic of obesity in America.

"#Lizzo popular is because there is an obesity epidemic in America. Rather than encouraging people to do better, we are simply lying to them and telling them that they are just fine the way they are... Unfortunately, Many of these people are dying from diabetes and heart disease."

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The "Juice" singer clapped back, insisting her immense "talent" was behind her widespread popularity.

"I'm popular because I write good songs and I'm talented and perform high energy hour and a half shows filled with love. The only person who needs to do better is you. Keep my name out ya mouth & look in the mirror before you come for me."

She added: "Here's the attention you ordered."

Dr. Watkins responded by tweeting, "This lady is an embarrassment to the entire Black community... one butter biscuit away from a heart attack. A clown."

Some bloggers, including your auntie who are unfamiliar with Watkins, labeled Watkins a "troll" because of his apparent disrespect toward Lizzo.

Watkins defended his comments in a Youtube live video on Thursday, Dec. 26 (see below).

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"Lizzo is a pretty big Black woman. I would say she is obese - morbidly obese - and she brags about it. So it's not an insult to say that she is obese," Watkins said during an interview with Dr. Claude Anderson on his YouTube Channel on Thursday.

Watkins, 48, said a majority of the people who responded to his survey said Lizzo "hurts the Black community."

He said Lizzo changed her act over time "to get more attention" from white people "and the attention started when she started fulfilling the mammy role."

Dr. Anderson, who doesn't know who Lizzo is, added that some Black people behave in a disrespectful manner in public because Blacks don't have a "code of conduct" that will stop them from letting people disparage an entire race.

Dr. Anderson compared Black people to Jewish people, who built a holocaust museum right next to the U.S. Mint in Washington, D.C. "where the money is."

Dr. Watkins also admonished former President Barack Obama in August 2019 for tweeting his Summer 2019 playlist which included Lizzo's music.

Dr. Watkins tweeted:

"Perhaps rather than using your massive platform to tweet your playlist, you can also tweet about the fact that 45% of the black males in your hometown of Chicago do not have jobs."

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But critics say Dr. Watkins should have used his vast knowledge to educate the singer without insulting her.

Dr. Watkins is a well-respected financial scholar, political analyst, social commentator and author of many financial books.

Watkins has written books about investing, economic empowerment, and social justice. He is a frequent guest on The Wendy Williams Experience radio program, and is a frequent contributor to theGrio.com.

Watch Dr. Watkins' interview with Dr. Claude Anderson below.
 

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Comedian Chris Cotton died from a blood clot in his right lung and heart failure due to an enlarged heart. He was 32.

The coroner also listed "morbid obesity" among the "significant conditions" contributing to the comedian's untimely death.

"I conclude the cause of death was due to pulmonary thromboembolism right lung complicated by cardiomegaly," the medical examiner wrote in the report obtained by Radar Online.

Cotton's sister-in-law, Karen Middleton, told Radar Online that Cotton was discovered "slumped over" behind the wheel of his car. He was pronounced dead at a hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 11.

"We are all just shocked that this happened," Middleton said. "He was just going to the store to get some stuff for the baby too."

Cotton and his wife of eight years, Erica, were expecting their first child in February.

The Philadelphia comedian was best known for his stand-up comedy and he was co-host of Comedy Central's streaming talk show Every Damn Day.

The network shared the news of his death on Wednesday via Twitter.

"We're devastated by the loss of Chris Cotton -- a hilarious comedian, a beloved member of the Comedy Central family and a joy to be around. He will be missed," the network wrote.

A GoFundMe page raised over $50,000 for Cotton's family.

Morbid obesity simply means severely overweight. People who who are diagnosed with morbid obesity have a significant risk of death.

Morbid obesity is defined as 100 pounds over your ideal body weight or a body mass index (BMI) higher than 30.

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A Houston woman was denied a pedicure at a nail salon because she was deemed too big to fit in the chair.

Tina Lewis was shocked when she was told she couldn't fit in the salon chairs at Rose Nails salon in Houston.

"I was like, 'Can I get a pedicure? And what chair do I sit in?'" Lewis told ABC News affiliate KTRK-TV in Houston. "And [the employee] was like, the chairs were not big enough for me to sit in. And I was like, 'Are you serious?'"

KTRK-TV reviewed the video footage which captured the exchange without sound.

Lewis said her mother was as shocked as she was.

"She was like, 'What did she just say?'" Lewis told the station. "I said, 'Yes, mama, she just said that to me.'"

Salon worker Marie Bui confirmed Lewis's story.

"I said, 'I'm sorry I cannot serve you because my spa chair is very small,'" Bui told ABC News. She said she never intended to insult or hurt Lewis, but that another obese customer already broke one of their pricey salon chairs.

"After that, the spa chair and the machine broke underneath," Bui told the station, adding that the chairs are too expensive to replace or repair, especially with the salon's narrow profit margin.

Lewis didn't buy the worker's story and said she would not return to that salon, according to ABC News.

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