Lizzo Says She Doesn't Exercise To "Escape Fatness": "I Don't Look At Myself In The Mirror And Feel Ashamed"

Lizzo reveals she's not exercising to "escape fitness" on TikTok. She adds, "Heavy on the not trying to escape fatness. Heavy f***ing on it."

By Nicole Dominique2 min read
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Lizzo continues to be vocal about her body image. Two days ago, the "Truth Hurts" singer took to TikTok to respond to a woman who said she wasn't "trying to escape fatness."

"Heavy on the not trying to escape fatness," Lizzo says. "Heavy f*cking on it." She adds that she has a very high-performance job that usually lasts 90 minutes every night. "I have to do choreography, I have to sing, I have to rap, and have to play the flute. And I have to emote and hyper a crowd in very tight clothes, sometimes clothes where it restricts my breathing."

"It's fun. I love my job," Lizzo continues, saying how she's always loved working out while being "holistic conscious," and how she doesn't use the term "health conscious" since it gets "very loaded." "But I'm very holistically conscious, like, I am very hippy-dippy and woo woo when it comes to food and supplements and just thinking about my body and the environment."

The 35-year-old believes many assume that when overweight people are active, they're trying to lose weight. "I'm not trying to be thin," she clarifies, "I don't ever want to be thin. Will my body fluctuate from this size? Will I get a little smaller, depending on some of the choices I make, or a little bigger, depending on some of the choices I make in my life?"

The Grammy Award-winning rapper reveals that she's used to fluctuating and that her goal when working out is to balance her mental health so that "I don't look at myself in the mirror and feel ashamed of myself and feel disgusted with myself."

Lizzo's an inspiration to young women when it comes to self-love, but is she truly a good role model for health? With "fat positivity" comes the acceptance of mindlessly eating foods and overindulging, behaviors that are only detrimental to our health in the long run. I fear that food addiction will continue to be normalized under the guise of "positivity," leading to more obesity and health risks. There should be a balance between self-acceptance and discipline, and I'm not sure the movement is promoting the latter. In any case, I can agree with Lizzo's concluding message.

"Your body continues to change forever until it stop," she says. "And it's gonna keep changing after that too, 'cause you gonna be dust. But, embracing the fact that your body changes, that's part of it. And making sure that this," she points to her head, "is what we have power over."

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