The director of weight loss motivation programme FATnosis has said the UK has “lost a sense of self-discipline” in a debate over so-called fat shaming.
Speaking to talkRADIO’s Eamonn Holmes, Steve Miller called for “tough love”, saying “the word fat won’t hurt you, being fat will”.
His comments come as actor James Corden criticised US talk show host Bill Maher for saying that fat shaming “needs to make a comeback”.
Mr Corden, who rose to fame on British sitcom Gavin and Stacey, said on his own US talk show The Late Late Show that “a lack of shame is not the issue here”.
He continued: “If making fun of fat people made them lose weight there would be no fat kids in schools and I would have a six pack by now.”
But Mr Miller said Mr Corden was “far too sensitive” and needed to “get a bit of a grip”.
Responding to the argument that poverty has a “direct link” to obesity, the weight loss motivator said, “lots of those people are lazy, that’s the reality".
Mr Miller, who has himself lost around four stone in weight, continued: “I was brought up in that environment – I am a council house kid, my mum was a cleaner, my dad did work in a factory and I can tell you now that a lot of us in that community were fat because we were lazy.”
He claimed that in Britain “every time we talk about helping people lose weight we make lots of excuses.
“I would rather us be saying let’s give people positive, practical, proactive motivational support to actually do something about it,” he concluded.