The Fat Debate - Interview with Erica Watson, 6/01/2010
by Nikeya Young
Back in April, Plus Size
Comedienne, Erica Watson participated in a "Fat Debate" discussion on
the Dr. Phil Show. Erica was joined on-stage by The Biggest Loser's Jillian
Michaels, and Meme Roth among others. The studio audience got a chance to weigh
in too, and as you saw (if you didn't see go youtube it!) things got a little
heated. Well, it's pretty hard to have any kind of discussion with Meme Roth
present without things getting heated, but Miss Meme met her match in this
debate! Erica was having none of her shenanigans!
However, to the shock of the
Dr. Phil studio audience, Erica admitted that she'd like to lose weight and
she'd be willing to do the work needed to make that happen. The result? Jillian
Michaels agreed to help her out! I recently spoke with Erica to get an update
on how things have been going for her since embarking on this new weight loss
journey with Jillian Michaels. Here's what she had to say:
did the Dr. Phil Show come about? Did the show's producers approach you about
producer's of the show heard about my 1 woman show "Fat Bitch!" and
contacted me to see if I would like to come and speak on the panel about
size acceptance. I explained to them that my stance is that all women,
regardless of their size, should feel empowered to love their bodies. The
war of Skinny vs. Fat is so silly, especially when ALL OF US are exposed to the
same media images that encourage us all to hate our bodies. So, I am not so
much about Fat Acceptance. I am about Size Acceptance, and everyone loving who
they are, right where they are today.
did it feel to tell Meme Roth what EVERY fat/curvy/full-figured/overweight
person has always wanted to say (that she simply has a problem with fat
felt amazing! I was not trying to hurt her feelings, I just wanted her to know
that she is creating an agenda that is not about health, it's about HATE.
There is a difference. Honestly, there are some things that she says that
I totally agree with. But it's not the message, it's the delivery that she uses
that angers me most. I can respect a person who is honest about how they really
feel, and she will not be honest about her having a prejudice against larger
always angers me how the Plus community can turn on you with the quickness for
daring to 'Lose weight'! Did you receive any negative feedback from anyone for
saying that you would like to lose weight at the end of the Dr. Phil show?
LOL! Yes, a couple of "big girls" did write me to tell me that I was
"selling out" and I just ignored it because if those women were
really truly happy with who they are they would care less about what I want to
do with my body! There is a lot of self-hate or what I call "Fat on Fat
Crime" in the Plus Community! LOL! I don't know about you, but
thighs rubbing together in the summer time is not cute! Not being able to walk
up 1 flight of stairs without busting a sweat is not cute either. So, just
because I want to get in shape does not mean I hate my body! I love my
body enough to start to treat it well, and exercise and healthy eating can only
make my curves love me back! lol
@ "Fat on Fat Crime!" You are HILARIOUS!I am SO using that! How has it been to work with Jillian
Working with Jillian has been amazing. She takes time out of her busy
schedule to email and call me all of the time, and I feel so blessed by
that. She sent me all of her Work-out DVD's, Supplements, her book and
she bought me a "body bug" by Body Media! WOW!!! She also
gave me a free year membership to www.JillianMichaels.com Jillian really cares
about people and it shows. She has stressed to me that it is not
about the number on the scale but about getting to the root of why your
relationship with food is what it is. She always says "Erica, it is about
decisions and choices. You have to fight for this and you have to make choices
that will help you win!"
would you say has been your biggest challenge since making the decision to work
on a healthier you w/ Jillian Michaels?
My biggest challenge has been eating, believe it or not. I never eat breakfast
and I hardly ever eat lunch. Most of the time my first meal isn't until 6pm.
You cannot be healthy if you do not have a healthy relationship with food, and
that includes not only what you eat but also how you eat and when you eat. But
I'm getting better and I am thrilled to see where this ride will take me.
Jillian has given me a lot of useful tools and advice that are making me
Photographer: Ezequiel de la Rosa Make-up: D'angelo
Thompson Hair: Hadiiya Barbel
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