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Lindsey Vonn says she's healthier than 'skinny-fat' supermodels and not envious

Lindsey Vonn sparked social media outrage after she called supermodels "skinny-fat."
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Lindsey Vonn is under scrutiny for comments she made in Self Magazine about “skinny-fat” supermodels, according to a "Good Morning America" report on Thursday.

Vonn might not be an Olympic hopeful in Sochi after a series of knee injuries have kept her from competing, but the skier is making headlines with a comment about health, weight and “skinny-fat” supermodels.

The 29-year-old girlfriend of Tiger Woods opened up to Self Magazine in an interview entitled, Lindsey Vonn: How to be Fearless. The blonde beauty divulged personal information about her depression, her relationship with Woods and the Olympic skier’s anxieties. When asked if she had ever felt insecure about her body, Vonn took the opportunity to send a few digs to "skinny-fat" supermodels.

It was hard to go to the Met ball (last May), with people who eat lettuce and a Diet Coke for dinner. It's difficult to be at events with a room full of women who weigh half as much as you do. That's always tough. I don't envy them, though, because so many of them are skinny-fat. They have more cellulite than most people. I feel like I need to give them a cheeseburger. It's sexy and beautiful to be strong.

Ouch, Miss Vonn, that was a little rude and contradictory. Many thin women, including supermodels have to struggle to maintain their weight. It is also difficult for certain body types to increase muscle mass. And the term "skinny-fat" refers to a high percentage of body fat on thin people. A cheeseburger would only increase body fat, not to mention how extremely unhealthy the food is.

ABC News Nutrition and Wellness Editor, David Zinczenko, explained the term “skinny-fat,” which is used to describe “someone who, despite being at his or her ideal weight, may lack muscle or have too much body fat. Zinczenko provided a few healthy eating tips to reduce a person’s body fat percentage.

  • Eat foods that are high in fiber (such as lentils and black beans). They will keep you fuller for longer.
  • Eat green vegetables. They are low glycemic index foods, which means they keep your blood sugar stable.
  • Protein powder boosts metabolism. It can be added to a morning smoothie.
  • Eat complex carbs, not the carbs that have been stripped of all its fiber.
  • Consume walnuts and salmon contain omega-3 fatty acids, a healthy fat which has been thought to prevent cognitive decline.

Lindsey Vonn confirmed her relationship with Tiger Woods in March of 2013 via social media, and told Self the pro-golfer helped her stay patient throughout her stint in rehab. However, social media is not happy with Vonn’s “skinny-fat” remarks, which sparked outrage.

An anonymous Facebook user posted disdain this morning after “Good Morning America” aired.

Lindsey Vonn- Are you serious? We know anorexic models are unhealthy, but you let your insecurities make you say that they are skinny-fat: a term that means skinny but not muscular. Just like yourself and do not worry what others do!!!! Ugh

The sentiment has been recurrent throughout the comments under the Self Magazine article and on Twitter. Perhaps Lindsey Vonn should use her celebrity to promote a healthy lifestyle rather than labeling others with the term “skinny-fat?”

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