The fame and fortune of Jillian Michaels, the fierce and muscled trainer of "The Biggest Loser" is getting some feedback a.k.a. lash-back from some comments she made in an interview to Women's Health magazine regarding pregnancy.
Jillian told the magazine, "I'm going to adopt. I can't handle doing that to my body ... Also, when you rescue something, it's like rescuing a part of yourself."
As an adoptive mother and a birth mother (my daughter is from Korea; my son was homemade), as well as a life, wellness and weight loss coach who works with people about body image and self-esteem, I find Jillian's comments curious.
Curious, because I think they are more a window into the machinations of Jillian's mind, rather than something that women will take to heart. I can't imagine in my wildest dreams that people are going to make as important a life decision as birth and/or adoption based on the comments of a fitness trainer turned personality.
Still -- curious as to the words that Jillian used and the way she expressed herself. "I can't handle doing 'that' to my body." That? Speaking for myself, my own feelings on the topic -- the "that" of which she speaks was one of the most amazing, miraculous happenings in my life.
Yes, there are so many children in the world who are without a home and in need of one, and adoption is a wonderful thing. But the word "rescue" just doesn't sit right with me. Again, speaking from my own experience, our adoption was coming from a place of love spilling out, rippling out. It came from the same place that the pregnancy did. Love of family; love of children -- creating those special bonds that we all desire.
Body Image Issues?
Women do have children all the time and get right back in shape. And for those who are already in excellent shape, who are in the work out groove, getting back in shape more or less comes naturally. What exactly are you doing to your body that is so horrific?
Has Jillian's comments changed how you feel about her? Do you think she should be coaching people on issues of body image? How do you feel about adoption and pregnancy?
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