Stars lash out at Michelle Bridges for ‘fat shaming’ comments

Rodio hosts Chrissie Swan and Meshel Laurie are no strangers to criticism, but when they heard Biggest Loser trainer Michelle

Rodio hosts Chrissie Swan and Meshel Laurie are no strangers to criticism, but when they heard Biggest Loser trainer Michelle Bridges comments about “fat people” they felt they had to set the record straight.

Michelle came under fire yesterday for comments about obese people, saying “I’m yet to meet someone who is morbidly obese and happy.”

Michelle appeared on ABC’s Australian Story where she spoke about her work on the Biggest Loser and as a private fitness trainer.

“It might be seen that I have this agenda on people who are overweight or people who are deemed fat,” Michelle told the ABC.

“Honestly, if you are happy where you are, more power to you.

“But I can tell you, I’m yet to meet someone who is morbidly obese and happy.”

Chrissie and Meshal who both openly discussed their weight in the past said they were mortified and angry when they heard what Ms Bridges had said.

Speaking on her radio show, Chrissie said she has known Michelle for years and couldn’t believe what she was hearing.

“Hi, Michelle, if you are listening, remember me? I’ve known you for years. We have met many, many times. You can take it back now. I’m happy.”

She said it was “equally ridiculous” to view all obese people as jovial, adding: “All we are saying is you should not judge someone’s entire character by what they look like.”

Meshal also hit back saying she is perfectly happy with herself, no matter what size she is.

“[Michelle is] in the business of meeting people who have come to her because they are unhappy,” she said.

She also told a story about a conversation she had recently had with her young son.

“He said to me, ‘mummy, you’re fat’. I said, ‘Yeah … and that’s OK. I’m really happy. I’m a really happy person’. I meant it from the absolute pit of my soul,” she said.

“I’m such a lucky person. I’ve got two arms that work, two legs that work. A brain that’s sharp.

“It is actually possible to be fat and happy, I promise you.”

It wasn’t just the celebrities who hit back either.

Many people took to social media to vent their frustration at Michelle’s comments and branded her as “ignorant” for saying such a thing.

Also throwing her hat into the ring was former Biggest Loser host Ajay Rochester, who told Michelle to “cut the crap”.

“Do NOT let this woman tell you that you are not worthy simply because of your weight or the space you take up. That’s her problem not yours,” Ajay wrote on her blog.

Michelle is yet to address the backlash.

What are you thoughts on this issue?

Are you happy within yourself no matter what your size? Have you struggled with your weight and image?

  1. being fat and happy sorry i tend to agree with her i have watched my daughter struggle to the point she is having surgery .its not the fat thats the problem its people and there attitudes ..and society in genral .i have struggeled all my life with my wieght and the one thing i wanted for my kids was that they never sufferd from being fat ,people are the problem and remarks made and fat jokes so next time you see some one who is big .just remember they are human too dont stare dont look at them over your shoulder dont giggle as you go past .it hurts so much

  2. Deborah Crick  

    I am concerned about people at the other end, those with anorexia. People need to think about what they say and keep comments that can have a detrimental effect on a person suffering an illness to them self.

  3. Faye Dapiran  

    Why was she on Australian Story in the first place??? Of course she doesn’t want overweight people to be happy, as she wants them all to cough up money for her so called diets and cures. And as someone said, what fat person could be happy in her company anyway. She keeps saying these dreadful things, so why do we pay her any attention.

  4. tis easy for people like her to sit on the other side of the fence and criticise. she needs to get out more

  5. Shirley Dunn  

    People like Michelle Bridges should learn to keep their opinions to themselves. Not everyone is obsessed about going to the gym and sweating their arse off to impress other people. This is what is wrong with society instead of judging you for the person you are they think you have to look a certain way. I will never have bones sticking out of me so get over it. If people weren’t over weight she would be out of a job.

  6. Heather A  

    Michelle said morbidly obese, not obese. Is Chrissie Swan admitting to being morbidly obese? If so she should be worried. Morbid obesity is “Clinically severe obesity at which point serious medical conditions occur as a direct result of the obesity.” Could anyone be happy with that?

    • Pamela  

      Good to see that someone actually read what was said, unlike most!

      I agree, Heather!

  7. Robyn Bell  

    I’m fat & happy but I’m not morbidly obese. If I were, I can tell you now that I would not be happy. Lugging around my extra half sack of potatoes is hard work sometimes so the very thought of having morbidly obese luggage to continually haul around makes me shudder and feel utterly exhausted. Read Michelle’s comment in context, please! She did not say “fat is ugly” or “you’re a less worthy person if you’re fat” . Her comment not did imply any such meanings. Michelle has been an inspiration to many people.

  8. Matronbb  

    Don’t know so much about obese people not being happy, there are certainly a lot of “skinny” people that don’t look exactly happy, happiness is not about the size of your body it’s the size if your heart

  9. Deanna  

    She said something just as stupid about new mums not getting their slim bodies back, yuk what a person

  10. Mugwei  

    What a supercilious, sanctimonious, condescending, insensitive person (I’m bring polite!) you are Michelle. I have a friend who is overweight, but it is due to all the medications she has to take to keep her alive. Think before you criticise people.

  11. marie  

    I’m big and happy. I have thyroid problems . I eat properly drink lots water keep active. No one tells me I’m unhappy because I’m not working out in gym 7 days week. Pathetic comment from Michelle we cant all be like her .

  12. Alexandra  

    Michelle Bridges has never had a fat day in her life so she can’t possibly know what it is like to daily struggle with your weight. She may “understand” weight and self esteem issues, but unless you have been overweight you don’t have a clue. If she had struggled with her weight I may have had more respect for her. Science has proven that exercise does little to your weight loss journey, it’s more about what you eat, although exercise can’t be discounted entirely in overall health. Michelle will suffer burnout way before I die of a heart attack.

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