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Kelly Clarkson Nails Why We Shouldn't Automatically Praise People For Losing Weight

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Often people in our society equate weight loss with happiness, so when someone asks, "have you lost weight?" it's the ultimate compliment. Rarely do people stop to consider that maybe someone's weight loss may have not been intentional, or could be a sign that something is troubling them in their life.

Kelly Clarkson has become known for telling it like it is, regardless of what people think. This no nonsense approach is a refreshing change from Hollywood celebrities that are constantly concerned about facing criticism for their opinions.

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In a recent interview with Redbook, the singer admitted that she is in fact not at her happiest when she is "skinny."

“For me, when I’m skinny is usually when I’m not doing well,” she stated.

The 33-year-old former American Idol winner has always been faced with shaming comments about her body image that are disguised as concerns for "her health," but she is not afraid to call them out. “No one actually cares about your health. They just care about aesthetics,” she said.

"I never wanted to draw attention, "she says. "But for 15 years of my life, no matter if I'm really thin or really not, [weight was] always a talk of discussion. Even when I was on Idol it was a discussion."

The mom of 3-year-old River Rose and 1-year-old Remington came clean about what her body shape actually meant about her life.

“It’s when I’m fat that I’m happy,” Clarkson said. “People think, ‘Oh, there’s something wrong with her. She’s putting on weight.’ I’m like, ‘Oh, no! I’m sorry, but that represents happiness in my emotional world.’”

What people don't seem to realize is that illnesses like depression, emotional life situations like divorce or loss of a loved one can cause people to lose weight unintentionally.

Kelly doesn't let the comments get her down though.

"If you gauge your life on what other people think, you’re going to be in a constant state of panic trying to please everyone,” she wisely advised. “People should just concentrate on their own lives and their own health and their own happiness, and whatever that looks like for you, be happy with it.”

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Source: Babble / Redbook / Rolling Stone