A fitness instructor who caused outrage when she claimed people should be fat shamed into losing weight has spoken out to defend her controversial views following a public backlash.
Danni Levy, from Essex, stunned Good Morning Britain viewers when she appeared on the show on Monday and argued that fat shaming is an effective way to encourage people to shed the pounds.
Speaking to FEMAIL today, Danni revealed she has received ‘hundreds’ of death threats since her appearance – but refuses to change her opinions.
‘The longer we go on saying “big is beautiful”, the more people will continue to eat themselves into an early grave,’ she said.
She also took aim at plus-size clothing ranges – and the stars like TOWIE’s Gemma Collins who promote them.
She added fat shaming is the ‘only way to effectively tackle the obesity crisis’ and pointed to celebrities such as reality TV star Gemma Collins for exacerbating the problem.
She said: ‘Plus size clothing ranges like those fronted by Gemma Collins are glamorizing obesity and making “fat” more socially acceptable than ever.
‘I wonder how we’d react to an anorexic clothing range? I highly suspect the government would not allow it, so why do we continue to sing the plus size song?’
Danni noted there are more than 30,000 deaths being caused by obesity each year and said it was time to stop ‘glamorizing’ being plus-sized.
‘This is not an aesthetic debate,’ she said. ‘Obesity costs lives, regardless of how attractive curves may be.’
She continued: ‘I have suffered from anorexia. I can relate first hand to the mental and physical battles that accompany eating disorders.
‘But I didn’t get better because strangers told me I looked great at 77 pounds. I got better because I became sick of their shocked expressions and derogatory comments.’
The opinions echo those first voiced by Danni during the GMB debate, which saw her clash with Christopher Biggins over her controversial opinions.
She argued: ‘The more we fat shame, the more people would keep their mouths shut and stop overeating. Fat shaming encourages people to lose weight.’
Danni went on: ‘Should we make it okay to become obese, and to become ill as a result of overeating? Should we embrace this “big is beautiful” era, because it’s “shaming” not to?’
‘We need to say fat is not necessarily ugly. But it’s killing you. It’s clogging up your arteries, it is bad. Being fat is bad.’