The Biggest Loser trainer made the controversial remark during a recent appearance on Australian Story on the ABC.
“It might be seen that I have this agenda on people who are overweight or people who are deemed fat,” Michelle tells the program, during which she also spoke about becoming a mother and her fight against the sugar industry.
“Honestly, if you are happy where you are, more power to you.
“But I can tell you, I’m yet to meet someone who is morbidly obese and happy.”
Melbourne-based Chrissie Swan, a former reality TV star, questioned the remarks, saying she has known Michelle “for years”.
“Hi, Michelle, if you are listening, remember me? I’ve known you for years. We have met many, many times. You can take it back now. I’m happy.”
The Nova DJ says it is “equally ridiculous” to view all obese people as jovial, adding: “All we are saying is you should not judge someone’s entire character by what they look like.”
Comedian Meshel also spoke out, saying that while Michelle’s remarks may reflect the feelings of her clients, they weren’t reflective of society in general.
“[Bridges is] in the business of meeting people who have come to her because they are unhappy,” she says.
The KIIS 101.1 DJ also mentioned a conversation she had recently had with her young son.
“He said to me, ‘mummy, you’re fat’. I said, ‘Yeah … and that’s OK. I’m really happy. I’m a really happy person’. I meant it from the absolute pit of my soul,” she says.
“I’m such a lucky person. I’ve got two arms that work, two legs that work. A brain that’s sharp.
“It is actually possible to be fat and happy, I promise you.”
Ajay Rochester, a former host of The Biggest Loser, also joined in the outcry that continues to gather steam on social media since the ABC broadcast.
She accuses new mum Michelle of making bigger people feel worthless, and says everyone has their ups and downs, regardless of their weight.
“Do NOT let this woman tell you that you are not worthy simply because of your weight or the space you take up. That’s her problem not yours,” Ajay writes on her blog.