Lizzo Calls Out “Fake Doctors” Who Criticize Fat Women Online
Lizzo doesn’t shy away from addressing body shaming online, and now she is using her platform to remind keyboard warriors to keep their so-called medical advice to themselves, especially as it pertains to other people’s weight.
In late March, the award-winning musician took to Tiktok to shut down the unsolicited medical advice she receives on social media. In the video, titled “From one fat girl to ya’ll,” Lizzo calls out fake doctors who always seem to pop up in fat people’s comments, offering their uninformed opinions.
She starts the video by talking about fat women who eat healthy and keep active, but don’t seem to ever lose weight. “I think these types of videos are important, whether they intend to lose weight or don’t want to lose weight, just to show that every single body is different and how it functions is different,” she says.
Lizzo goes on to explain what’s truly troubling about these posts. “What really bothers me are the fake doctors in the comments saying, ‘Oh, you have this, you might have this condition,’” she says. “No! What if I’m just fat? What if this is just my body?”
“Bodies are not all designed to be slim with a six-pack. You know what I mean?” Lizzo emphasizes in her video. And she’s right. There is no universally correct weight for everyone, and you sure as hell can’t diagnose someone’s health based on what you see on social media.
While some people may have good intentions, for the most part, the unsolicited advice that’s thrown around on social media is disingenuous and done to further stigmatize and shame fat people. Not okay.
You see, this type of weight bias online has dangerous implications in real life. When internalized, it has been shown to lead to body dysmorphia, eating disorders, depression, and other symptoms of trauma. So, enough is enough. Unless you are someone’s chosen doctor, keep your advice to yourself.
As always, Lizzo finishes the video with an inspiring message for her followers. “If you’re feeling down on yourself today, just remember that your body is your body. Nobody got your body, so enjoy that b*tch,” she says.
In a follow-up video, the star is seen dancing around in her home, wearing the same red leggings and a matching sports bra from the former. She’s singing, “My body is my body. Don’t nobody got my body. So I’m going to enjoy this shit.”
Lizzo’s Tiktok is a treasure trove of self-love advice and encouraging words, so we highly recommend anyone who is feeling down on themselves give her a follow.
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