Recently as I was scrolling down facebook I came across a very interesting article by news.com.au. After Michelle Bridges's Australian story episode aired it seems it created controversy around some of the comments made by Michelle.
Ajay Rochester former Biggest Loser host said "Michelle is fat-phobic and I know first hand experience" She also suggested that Michelle had an eating disorder. Sounds to me like Ajay throwing a little shade Michelle's way.
Picture from www.news.com.au Pictured Ajay Rochester, left, and Michelle Bridges in happier times at the 2007 TV Week Logie Awards. Picture: Simon Fergusson/Getty Images.
Now it may just be me but it seems that since Michelle has accumulated a personal fortune of $53 million dollars helping thousands of people lose weight, regain their health back and live healthier lives that the media is very quicky out to portray her as a fat phobic person with nothing but bad intentions and hate towards fat people. This woman has dedicated her life to help, and empower others and has become very successful in doing so but yet she is scorned as a fat phobic. It doesn't make sense to me.
If Michelle was not as successful as she is I don't think anyone would really care. It seems like a case of the tall poppy syndrome. The same thing happened to fitness star Ashy Bines (featured in video below) she copped a whole lot of criticism, hate and attacks on her personally when all these woman are trying to do is empower people and help them. They may do things that some may not agree with and may not be totally correct but no-one is perfect and it is the intention that really counts.
How about this question. Most of you would either know me, have trained with me as a client or follow my social media in some form hence how you are reading my blog. I'm doing the exact the same thing as Michelle Bridges, is this how I'm seen among my peers? As a fat phobic person with an eating disorder? Are all trainers in my profession seen this way? Because I am a fitness professional does that mean I am fat phobic too? Or is it just the really famous ones we like to pull down off the platform that they've worked so hard to get onto.
Most fitness professionals that have been in the industry for a few years legitimately care about the people they are helping and helping people is exactly what we are doing. Now I know there is some very selfish, self absorbed trainers out there but I'm specifically talking about the ones that have been on the industry for a few years. If you've survived in the industry for that long there is no way you would survive being self absorbed.
I personally have helped hundreds of people feel better about themselves, live a more fulfilling life, feel healthier and happier than they ever have and achieve things they never thought they would be able too. So if that makes me fat phobic I'm damn proud.
I support Michelle 100 percent. I think that she is portrayed in the media in a very different light to what she is actually really out there doing and she does well to stay strong against people and media constantly criticing her every move. This women has worked all her life to get a break like the biggest loser, although I don't agree with the principles of the show it has given her the platform to literally change thousands of people's lives all over Australia and the world and that is something that should not be hated on but should be given applause for.