After Mindy told Vogue, "I don't want to be skinny," she received a ton of backlash from haters condescendingly praising her for accepting her size-eight body. So she went on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and cleared the air on how she feels:
"I'm also the recipient of a lot of backhanded compliments about it, where people are, like, 'It's so nice that Mindy Kaling doesn't feel she needs to subscribe to the ideals of beauty that other people do.' And I'm like, I do subscribe. They're, like, 'It's so refreshing that Mindy feels comfortable to let herself go and be a fat sea monster!' By the way, I run and work out. It takes a lot of effort to look like a normal/chubby woman."