Thursday, February 6, 2014

Has Biggest Loser gone too far?

I have always been a fan of the NBC show, The Biggest Loser. The show has inspired millions of people to lose weight and get healthy. It has inspired families, children and adults to have conversations about health, wellness, exercise and creating a different lifestyle.

As I watched the finale on Tuesday and saw Rachel win, a lot of thoughts crossed my mind. If you get I twitter or read anything online, you will see a number of different debates going on about this very topic. 

People were stunned as she walked out..

                                           Bob and Jillian's face says it all.

The debate has begun as to whether or not Rachel is to thin and has an eating disorder? First, that's not a debate I want to get into. The discussion I want to have and remind people is about their kind words or lack thereof.

 For Rachel, this was a competition, she was willing to go to extremes to lose the weight in order to win the money and be titled The Biggest Loser.. The show is a game because although its about getting their lives back, it has to be a game to keep them losing weight, staying motivated and staying focused. 

Does it look like she went a little to far to win? Yes. I'm not denying that. Am I concerned about her weight? Yes. I'm not arguing with the concerns that people are expressing. I am frustrated by the word choices people are using to describe her such as "gross", "anorexic", "disgusting", "sickly" or statements like "Biggest Loser should be Ashamed." 

She is a person who has overcome huge struggles and don't think for a second that people from Biggest Loser are not reaching out to her, because they are. She doesn't deserve these unkind words, the media is bullying her and I think we need to just be careful with how this situation is handled. We need to be kind with our words.

Final thoughts:
Be kind with your words. We are all humans. She is a person who has feelings and is more than just a number on a scale or a size. I love the concept of Biggest Loser, but remember it's a TV show, not real life folks. Many contestants go home and gain some weight back, which is normal and healthy for their bodies sizes. It's a contest. Be nice to one another. Use kind words. 

Q: What are your thoughts on Rachel Fredericksons weight loss? Do you think NBC should public address the concerns or leave it alone?


Jenn said...

Definitely agree that she lost too much weight for her frame. Also agree that she did it to win, which was her main goal it seemed while she was on the show. We can't really fault her for that. The BL needs to make sure measures are in place in future seasons so it doesn't happen again though. I've always hated that contestants get sent home. Why not keep them at the ranch to continue their journey but they aren't eligible for the grand prize? Also, they need to logically come up with a 'goal weight' with a medical and fitness professional. And if they hit that weight on the ranch or when home? They aren't allowed to go x amount or a certain percentage below that to be qualified for the finale. I honestly haven't finished watching the show yet (I fell asleep before the final 3) but the photos worry me. She was my favorite contestant this season and I genuinely feel bad for her.

Sarah said...

I hear everything you're saying. It's so hard because my heart really hopes she will gain the weight back and that this was purely to win. I hope NBC will adress it somehow in the couple months showing that she is within a normal body weight range. The interesting thing is, if she wasn't on the Biggest Loser and was walking down the street, we probably wouldn't even think twice about her weight. I wish her the best and health.

Bari said...

I'm several weeks behind this season and as much as I tried, there was no way I could avoid all the BL spoilers. I've been a fan of hers all along and yes, from the pictures it looks like she's too thin. I'm an inch or two shorter than her and I can't even imagine being 105 pounds.

Sarah said...

I know, it's crazy. I do think she'll gain the weight back though.

Sarah said...

Or, at least, I really hope she does!