Lizzo threatened to quit her monumental musical career this week, citing online comments critical of her weight.
On Wednesday, the celebrity icon of the pro-fat movement locked her Twitter account and published a series of tweets complaining about online commentators who highlight Lizzo’s brand as the queen of “body positivity.”
“How is Lizzo still THIS fat when she’s constantly moving this much on stage?! I wonder what she must be eating,” wrote author Layah Heilpern.
The remark pointing out that it’s impossible to outrun a bad diet left the 35-year-old stadium singer enraged.
“JUST logged on and the app and this is the type of s**t I see about me on a daily basis It’s really starting to make me hate the world,” Lizzo wrote, according to the Daily Mail. “Then someone in the comments said I eat ‘lots of fast food’ I LITERALLY STOPPED EATING FAST FOOD YEARS AGO… I’m tired of explaining myself all the time and I just wanna get on this app w/out seeing my name in some bulls**t.”
The pop star’s Twitter account remains locked Friday afternoon, with only her 2.4 million followers able to access tweets.
Despite her rigorous routine as a world-famous performer, Lizzo’s size still calls into question the activist’s eating habits. While exercise is important to regulate metabolic function, weight is dictated by diet more than anything else, wherein hormones and enzymes control whether fat is stored or lost. Lizzo’s Instagram still features the plus-size influencer sipping beer and capitalizing on gluttony.
The outrage expressed Wednesday, however, could also be the first step towards better health and a better life, not just for Lizzo but for her millions of fans who fall into the trap of aggressive body positivity that leaves them fat, sick, and depressed.
A real commitment to health begins in the kitchen starting with the complete elimination of deadly ultra-processed foods. Industrialized foods, however, make up 60 percent of calories in the typical American diet, probably because, on average, they’re 52 percent cheaper courtesy of taxpayer subsidies. Americans who raise the white flag on the obesity epidemic would clearly rather be rich and sick than healthy and poor.
Cultural influencers such as Lizzo are providing little incentive to reverse the trends in obesity and a deteriorating lifespan. Obese teens today can already expect to live five fewer years than their parents and will likely have to pay at least twice as much in health care expenses. Meanwhile, research shows clear correlations between diet and brain health.
As cliche as it sounds, the first step to solving any problem is to acknowledge it. It’s not enough to simply “manifest” your way into any situation. Lizzo’s breakdown could be the trigger that she and her fans need to prioritize health above anything else. Black Americans in particular, who suffer from the highest prevalence of obesity, could use a health-conscious Lizzo’s activism.