After making a controversial statement in a magazine interview, Jillian Michaels says she has learned a hard lesson about being in the public eye. One particular statement has been spread out all over news outlets and blogs, with many people criticizing her for being anti-pregnancy. Some have even gone so far as to suggest that she seek psychological help.
What was the statement she made? “I’m going to adopt. I can’t handle doing that to my body,” Michaels stated in the May 2010 issue of Women’s Health magazine. These few words have sparked quite the controversy, with critics saying that she has defied her principles with this statement – after all, she transformed her body from an obese figure to a stellar physique through hard work and dedication. With the help of exercise, she lost 55 pounds. Women of normal weight should gain 25-35 pounds when pregnant, which would put her nowhere near her previous weight if she maintained a healthy exercise regimen while pregnant.
Others agree with her sentiments but say that she could have chosen her words more carefully. Most women who go through pregnancy must deal with a struggle to regain their pre-pregnancy physique. It’s a sensitive subject for many women, and it can impact self-esteem and body image in a negative way. However, no one should base their decisions for childbearing on what a fitness trainer says or does.
Personally, I can see where she’s coming from, but I also feel that since she is a public figure, she could have worded her statement differently. Although it’s not something many women are quick to admit, the constant bombardment of celebrities with seemingly perfect bodies – some of whom have had children, no less – can take a toll on body image and self-esteem. It should be noted, though, that fitness often goes with the territory as a celebrity. After all, many of these people, especially a fitness guru like Jillian Michaels, are sometimes paid to look good.
On her Facebook page, Michaels stated, “I think that pregnancy is admirable and selfless. For myself, I have remnant body issues left over from childhood which leads me to make adoption my personal choice down the road.” This is where I can see where she’s coming from – I have struggled with my own weight before. Initially, I feared what pregnancy would do to my body, but I didn’t allow that to conquer my desire to have children. I knew that if I had children I could take care of myself, and I could lose the weight just as I had before.
Jillian Michaels has since spoken out extensively about the publicity her interview is received, and she has stated clearly that she never referred to pregnancy as “messing up” or “ruining” her body. Ultimately, of course, whether or not she wants to have children is Michaels’ decision to make, and if she knows that she doesn’t want to get pregnant, then more power to her. She didn’t criticize pregnancy outright, and the fact that she wants to adopt is a noble way of approaching parenthood.