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Chrissie Swan attacks Sharny

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Chrissie Swan takes down 'Fitmum' Sharny Kieser in radio interview for 'bullying and stigmatising fat people'

Radio presenter Chrissie Swan has slammed ‘FitMum’ Sharny Kieser in an interview on her MIX FM radio show, saying that the trainer’s comments could lead to fat people being bullied and stigmatised.

The interview last week quickly descended into open hostility when Chrissie Swan referred to controversial comments made by Ms Kieser and her husband Julius that fat people were lazy and she was sick of them whingeing.

Chrissie Swan, who has discussed her struggles to accept her weight in the past, asked if the ‘FitMum’ thought she was lazy, to which Ms Kieser replied, ‘Um ... Well yeah you have been.’

Chrissie Swan

The Silver Logie winner shot back, ‘So you think raising three children and working sometimes 14 hours a day is lazy?’

She then tore into Ms Kieser telling her: ‘When you say that fat people are lazy, you are perpetuating a myth, and you are contributing to a stigma that is untrue.’

Ms Kieser fought back, arguing that a ‘huge’ problem was discrimination against fit and healthy people ‘at work because they’re eating a salad.’

Chrissie Swan and co-host Jane Hall seemed to find her comment very amusing, with Ms Swan saying: 'Well that is ridiculous! That is a ridiculous argument'.


MIX FM have since released a meme with the salad-quote.

Sharny Kieser and husband Julius, who operate a personal training business for athletes and CEOs, have caused outrage in the past with their unsympathetic views, including comments made to News.com.au last year that most fat people are ‘lazy’ and guilty of ‘complaining and moaning about their weight, like they are victims.’

The MIX FM interview was supposed to be about Ms Kieser’s recent campaign to encourage pregnant women to combat morning sickness with exercise and healthy smoothies.

The 'Fitmum' is currently pregnant with her fifth child and caused a stir when she published a book about how she lost 24kgs in the eight weeks after the birth of their fourth child.

The Kiesers posted the radio interview, which they said they obtained ‘from a station insider,’ on their website along with the following comments, indicating the trainer felt ambushed in the interview:

‘Chrissie asked to interview me on curing cravings. It appears she had an ulterior motive...

‘After asking me if I thought she was lazy, I get the feeling she didn't like the answer, so talked over me before cutting my microphone and monologuing about how we were the reason kids were getting bullied.’


Post-pregnancy body: The cover of Sharny Kieser's book detailing how she lost 24kgs after the birth of her fourth child