Jillian Michaels Didn't Fat Shame Lizzo–But She Is a Hypocrite

"Why does it matter?" she said, before showing how much it clearly matters to her.

Lizzo at the 63rd Grammy Awards

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Jillian Michaels has built a successful career on diet culture and fitness crazes.

The 45-year-old author, reality show personality, and celebrity personal trainer has an estimated net worth of $14 million, and some of her popular books and workout DVDs include the "30-Day Shred Diet," Slim for Life, and The 6 Keys: Unlock Your Genetic Potential for Ageless Strength, Health, and Beauty. Yet now she says we shouldn't focus too much on weight–particularly Lizzo's weight.

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Adele's Return to Instagram and the Dangers of Praising Weight Loss

Weight fluctuates, and Adele is gorgeous regardless of her size.

Adele59th Annual Grammy Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 12 Feb 2017

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Adele is a hot topic on the Internet today, though not because of new music.

The "Rolling in the Deep" singer posted to her Instagram a photo of herself with a large wreath of flowers in celebration of her birthday. She used the post to praise health care workers, but they were hardly the focus of attention. Fans were quick to point out Adele's considerable weight loss. She looks stunning, but the massive reaction raised an issue with how modern society generally responds to weight loss.

There's a lot of concerning implications that can arise with complimenting someone for losing weight, whether directed at a celebrity or a member of your family. First, this reinforces the stereotype that thinner people are inherently more desirable and attractive. There's the false implication that losing weight is synonymous with good health, as well as infinite ways to become thinner dangerously: eating disorders, substance abuse, and dangerous fad diets among them. Praising someone for losing weight, however well-intended, propagates fat shame and implies that individuals are worth most at their thinnest.

Adele has spent her entire career championing plus-size (but actually average-size) women. Before eventually signing to XL, she reportedly had a strict policy for her potential record labels: Under no circumstances would she be encouraged to lose weight. But of course, that hadn't made her immune to negative comments on her body. In 2012, Karl Lagerfeld called the singer "a little too fat." "I've never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines," Adele responded. "I represent the majority of women and I'm very proud of that."

No matter her size, Adele remains one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Let's leave weight out of the conversation.

Lizzo In Concert

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Lizzo in a thong is just too much for some people to take.

The "Juice" singer attended the Lakers vs. Timberwolves game on Sunday, but the Lakers' win was not what drew the most attention. Rather, the 31-year-old's outfit seemed to invite the Internet to have an opinion on the propriety of forward fashion, what's "family friendly" at a sporting event, and whether body positivity can go too far.

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James Corden

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This past week, James Corden, host of The Late Late Show, took on Bill Maher in a now-viral monologue about the problem with fat-shaming.

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Nike's Plus-Size Mannequin Shows What's Wrong with Body Positivity

Both fat-shaming internet trolls and those who shame them for their intolerance are falling for the same unhealthy message that body types are objects to be evaluated. If our culture embraced body neutrality, both behaviors would become irrelevant.

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In London, a strikingly pale and hairless woman wearing sleek, black Nike gear has caused the internet to re-think its body standards.

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The Sweatshirt at the Center of Controversy

"Fat Shaming" on Display is a Fashion Faux Pas

L.A.-based online clothing company, Revolve is at the forefront of a fashion fiasco.

They recently released a new cropped sweatshirt. OK, so far, so good. What's not to love about a comfy-casual perfect-for-fall look that shows off a sliver of midriff? Oh right…the front-and-center "fat shaming" message plastered across the front. Revolve… really?

The sweatshirt – modeled on a super-slim woman, no less – reads "BEING FAT IS NOT BEAUTIFUL IT'S AN EXCUSE." All-caps for attention? As if the message wasn't mind-blowing enough. So, how does this happen? Who designs such a shirt, who approves it for production, who wants to model it, and who on Earth would buy it, let alone wear it in public? These questions are of concern because the intention behind the design was lost in translation, so to speak. Oddly (or maybe not so much depending upon what you think of her), actress Lena Dunham is at the center of the chaos.

As per USA Today, "The star, writer and producer of HBO's Girls said the controversial piece is a part of a line of clothing she has been working on for months to 'highlight quotes from prominent women who have experienced internet trolling & abuse.' The sweatshirt making its way around the internet features a quote directed at plus-size model Paloma Elsesser."

"Revolve mistakenly released images of the sweatshirt early on 'thin white women' without (Dunham's) knowledge, ruining the intended purpose of acceptance," USA Today reports. Dunham stated, "As a result, I cannot support this collaboration or lend my name to it in any way," She continued. "I am deeply disappointed in @revolve's handling of a sensitive topic and a collaboration rooted in reclaiming the words of internet trolls to celebrate the beauty in diversity and bodies and experiences that aren't the industry norm."

According to TMZ, "The backlash was immediate, and even though plus-size model Tess Holiday seemed to laugh it off -- Revolve pulled the ad featuring the cute, skinny white model ... then started the damage control. It says it's donating $20k to a young women's charity."

And the kicker? The sweatshirt was selling for $168! And it had SOLD OUT before it was wiped from the site.

So yes, Dunham had a deeper and meaningful message in mind with her clothing collab. But did Revolve even get the gist of it from the get go? Being NYC Fashion Week and all, you'd think clothing companies would be a little more "with it." Being out of touch is never in style.

Melissa A. Kay is a New York-based writer, editor, and content strategist. Follow her work on Popdust as well as sites including TopDust, Chase Bank, P&G,, The Richest, GearBrain, The Journiest, Bella, TrueSelf, Better Homes & Gardens, AMC Daycare, and more.

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