Friday, February 07, 2014
Read this on a site on fb, and then thought would be interesting to share. Don't shoot the messenger and I watch the show and thought she looked great while on ranch, not at all at the finale. The article says feel free to share so hopefully no problems here for sharing as it
has the authors name and such.
LOOOONNNGGGGG Post Warning. Biggest Loser: Literally and Figuratively
I laughed at the number of people who messaged me or posted on my page asking my thoughts on the Biggest Loser Finale the night before. I admit, I had not watched it. I quit watching that show a few years ago, when I learned first hand what the show was all about. What you see on TV is only part of the story. So I looked at a couple images of the show’s winner, Rachel. I was appalled, but not entirely surprised, given what I know about the show.
Then I started seeing a lot of posts on my feed about it. How could it not be talked about? The majority of what I saw echoed my sentiments of disgust at how shockingly thin that the winner was. Many said she looked anorexic, because she does. Many compared her to Karen Carpenter, and oddly, the finale was on the anniversary of Karen Carpenter's anorexia related death. Many said that the show has gone too far, because it has. Many said that her winning physique should not be celebrated, and it shouldn’t.
However, that’s not all I saw. I saw some people jumping in to defend her and the show. And that truly infuriated me. So I will tell you why.
A few years ago, I started training a Biggest Loser, Final 4, contestant during the “at home” portion, after their time on the ranch. I had loved the show, so I was excited to have the opportunity to have a little part in this girl’s journey. We talked during our sessions and she told me a lot about what really happens on the ranch. She told me that she had spent months eating 800-900 calories and exercised for a minimum of 6 hours a day, every day. She told me how several of them, herself included, were often delirious to the point of hearing voices that weren’t really there. She told me that they were pressured to work through incredible pain and injury. As she stood before me, having been one of the largest female contestants, she had her knees and ankles wrapped with more ace bandages than should be on one body. Her mobility was limited due to the amount of pain she was experiencing in her joints (FYI Biggest Loser Trainers: 300+ lb women should NOT be doing box jumps their first week on the ranch!)
I was shocked and completely disillusioned with the show. I thought I could help “save her” and coach her back to a healthier way of doing things, and I expressed my immense concern about her long term well being and what these drastic measures were going to do to her in terms of putting the weight back on when the show was over. But she was already brainwashed and wanted to win. Part of me hoped she was exaggerating.
That hope was put to rest after Jillian came to film an “at home” visit and workout. I was there for the workout, and the things Jillian said on film with a smile, didn’t match what she said off camera under her breath. Such as “yes, make sure you are eating at least 1200 calories a day *smile” while holding her hand over her mouth with a death glare on the girl saying “you better NOT eat 1200 f#cking calories”. I was beyond disgusted and at that moment, knew I could not watch this go on as her trainer.
The next day, I told her that I couldn’t be a part of watching her, and helping her destroy her health and her metabolism and that I was only interested in helping her lose weight for the long term… not just the show. I told her that I was confident that they didn’t give a rats ass about her well being, only ratings. To which she replied “well, I already lost X amount of weight on the ranch, so they obviously know what they are doing and maybe you don’t”.
We parted ways.
I said a prayer for her and knew she would gain all the weight back and I was angry at the show. That’s when I quit watching.
So now, for me to see people defending the contestants and the show? I will give them the benefit of the doubt because they don’t KNOW what goes on behind the scenes, but here is what people are blind to, that is right in front of them.
“Shame on everyone saying negative things about #rachel's weight loss. She just endured an incredible journey. She's 23 years old and has experienced more life than most of us. Go 'head girl. Haters gonna hate. #thl #finale”
To which I reply: It is not a personal attack on Rachel. I am beyond disgusted with NBC and The Biggest Loser. And while she may have endured an incredible journey to date, the most difficult part of her journey is only just beginning. Thanks to the biggest loser, she will likely never have a relationship with food that isn't completely disordered. Ever. And I'm sorry, her weight loss extreme, and the completely UNHEALTHY way they go about such weight loss should not EVER be commended or defended.
“I bet her BMI is perfectly healthy!”
To which I reply: BMI is completely ridiculous, as I am "overweight" at 18% body fat. And anyone that thinks she looked healthy has a distorted perception of what healthy means. At 23 years old, the dehydrated, wrinkled face told the story before seeing her tiny skeletal frame covered in skin. And just from the clinical perspective, losing 155 lbs in 5 months requires such an incredibly large calorie deficit per day, (over 3500 calories per day deficit) that they are physically pushing their bodies so hard for 6-8 hours on end and a deficit that large causes SEVERE adrenal stress, which most often results in total metabolic disorder. That "journey" is no where NEAR over. And I promise you with certainty, she will emerge far more damaged than she was at 260. And I am a nutritionist, whose livelihood depends on helping people lose weight and get healthy. And I would far rather see her at 260 than have her go through what she has done to her body.
”Why do people suddenly think it’s ok to body shame Rachel for being thin? It’s just as bad as body shaming someone for being fat. Leave her alone! I am a skinny person and it devastates me when people comment on it.”
To which I reply: Her “reveal” was a shocking site. And she INTENTIONALLY did it to herself over the last 5 months. Let's distinguish. She is not a skinny person…… that's the issue. She was an overweight person who became shockingly skinny for the sake of the contest. And I think it needs to be dealt with swiftly. The outcome was shocking. And the reactions were to how shocking it was. I don't think it's something that can afford to be candy coated.
No one picked her out of a crowded shopping mall and started shaming her for being too skinny. She put herself in the public eye by being in the show, and furthermore, she was a participant in making her "before" video where they are intentionally trying to "shock" people with a montage of them stuffing large quantities of food in their mouth, and jumping up and down in a sports bra and bike shorts grabbing handfuls of body fat and shaking it for the camera. They were TRYING to create divisive, negative thoughts and opinions about the contestants’ bodies in the viewers when they were on that end of the scale. So when someone takes it to the extreme at the other end of the scale, so how can anyone balk at the divisive and negative response to her transformation when it’s the opposite extreme?
”People can get mad about the show, and I admit, it doesn’t seem healthy, but they are monitored by doctors there. I put my trust in the doctors.”
To which I reply: Taking someone morbidly obese and putting them on 800-900 calories on 6-7 hours of strenuous exercise per day is 100% NOT kosher. Not even with a panel of medical doctors right off camera. Because I know FIRST hand that there were no physicians anywhere in sight when she was still under the shows "supervision" training at home. And putting your trust in a panel of physicians PAID by NBC where ratings are based on success and success is based on the most dramatic weight loss, I am confident in saying your trust has been misplaced. And now, you can see firsthand what the trust yielded. Her name is Rachel.
“The trainers looked equally shocked by her transformation, so I don’t think it was their doing, and Bob and Jillian put out statements that they couldn’t comment about her journey because they never trained her.”
To which I reply: Yes, they did look shocked, because it was shocking. But they absolutely KNOW what they have their contestants do – ALL of them. She just managed to take it a lot further than most peoples’ bodies and will power will allow them. Most people would have shut their metabolism down with that much weight loss, and that is what happens to most of the contestants, in the body's effort to preserve itself. However, hers allowed her to keep losing. I have no thoughts that she went rogue and did something more extreme than they allowed. The trainers were shocked because they knew the show was now exposed for what it truly is and they are all “caught”. They were shocked because they anticipated the backlash that was going to ensue. Of course they are going to distance themselves from her. If they congratulate her, there will be outrage that they are celebrating such a change. And they can’t really throw themselves and NBC under the bus because that’s who signs their paychecks…..
Next up: NBC and the show will throw her under the bus by acting like she acted alone and that they are not to blame. They will probably say that she had a pre-existing eating disorder that they were unaware of….. But no doubt, they will all try to save their own skin. At her expense.
In a nutshell though, it shouldn’t have taken this to open peoples eyes to how destructive the show is. The show takes the contestants in, humiliates them by putting them on display through the “before” video montage and the weigh-ins wearing minimal clothing (while they are at their largest). Funny how they cover them up more when they start shrinking…. The show AIMS to shame the fat version of the contestants. They isolate the contestants for extended periods of time, so they become so completely immersed in the show, it becomes their life… this tiny little microcosm that revolves around the gospel that these trainers are preaching. They do a great job. The show aims for shock value with the ridiculously inappropriate workouts, the first week, complete with puking and Jillian’s ridiculous “badass” face and shouting. They aim for shock value in the makeover episode, where apparently people must not realize that the show makes them all grow their facial hair and have unkempt hair so the “reveal” can be super dramatic. And in the end, they made the recipe for exactly what happened Tuesday night.
And seriously, who thinks that the trainers and show producers DIDN’T know she was that painfully thin? You think it’s a magical miracle the the show winner is always one of the last contestants to go? You think they didn’t have any idea how she looked and what she weighed and that 60% of her body was gone? Live TV or not, THEY ALL KNEW. And they not only condone it, they created it.
And anyone else out there who can support that and/or defend it…… in my eyes, you are equally guilty.
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Monday, February 03, 2014
Really pleased this am. it is only 9:30 and I have supper done for when we come back ( casserole that will keep a day in fridge) and ironing done and kitchen cleaned. Hospital called for hubby on his kidney ultrasound reschedule which was only end of March WOW!! and my dr called but he has to call back.
So now hubby is in shower, and all presentable LOL beard, hair and moustache all trimmed up and now it will be my turn. Then let dd dogs out before we go, and then off we go to get sil and then over to island again. Cya tomorrow evening.
The worst thing is that my sciatica is acting up probably from sitting in truck even though we got out a few times. oh well hoping that once we are back tomorrow eve. and can rest and get back to normal it slows down, have been feeling it some IT will NOT come back, I said so! LOL
HUGS all, stay healthy! OH btw have gf muffins made, oatcakes and taking cut fresh veggies. So when we stop I will get my tea but no muffins, doughnuts or bars!!! Prepared and taking 2 oatcakes in purse for the reception or whatever it is called after the service. I am going to do fine!
Sunday, February 02, 2014
LOl good title. Life. Life gets in the way, Life is precious and too short for most. Life is what we do while we try to live....
Feb 1 was our, hubby and I's start for gluten free and cleaner eating. Well we did very good considering Death got in our way. So treasure your life, live your life and I will do the best to live mine. Hubbys aunt, the last of his dads side of the family, broke her hip in a few places, did well, then got severe dehydration and pneumonia. Cos of funds we didn't go see her the first few days. Hubby felt so bad and we said whatever we will find a way, so off we went only for her to pass before we got there. Theresa was a very soft spoken, kind lady, ready to help and love all. She used to send me hand made cards, full of bling. It was find of ironic she was so meek and mind but loved bling in her cards, the more sparkle the better, not my style at all but they were all loved anyway. I got one for my birthday so probably one of the last cards she made. So we went over and saw family, and now are going back on Monday eve for the funeral Tues. Where this is leading....
We all know food arrives when there is a passing. It won't all be healthy, probably none of it. Sandwiches on white bread, probably egg with lots of mayo etc. Sweets etc...
BUT hubby and I started the gf clean eating. Yesterday morning, we said well we will just manage breakfast at his mums and then go from there. She even said we aren't going to do anything diff. so better for you to start when you go home, to me. His sister went out and bought gf bread and said I was thinking of you two and I want to try. So........ we had a good gf day. We did however share a bar SHARE a bar when we stopped for gas. I don't remember the last time I shared a bar! LOL
So home for now, and today is going to be a great day. I have it figured and planned and even if hubby doesn't want to eat the salad etc. then so be it. I will. He has said that he will start eating a few very steamed veggies and such but not sure if he will before we have to go again. Lot of stress for him, a med, drive, then family, then pallbearer then drive again. He will do as well as he can for his stress and belly. His belly doesn't like change so slow for him.
I am going to stick to this. At the lunch after, I am bringing my own oatcakes, as I know I will not not eat something. If there happens to be fruit or veggies which I highly doubt, I will do that but if not will bring 2 oatcakes. I also am bringing our gf bread for at his mums as it is homemade. So may not be the ideal situation, but it is LIFE. and while we honour Theresa who at 85 said to the girls OH this is maddening ( when she fell) cos I have lots to do, I will do my best to eat, and move. I do know I won't be moving much as hubby won't let me alone to walk there in case I fall. But perhaps one sil may want to go for a walk. I will walk the halls of my mil senior res. lol
Okay so today, going to do great and feel great. I am still in pain, have some sciatica going on cos of sitting in the car despite times of getting out and moving and my reg. aches and nerve pain are there. Oh well I am still able to move, take care of me for most part, and enjoy my life. And Aunt Theresa I will!
Also Feb 1 was our sons 36th birthday, where does time go! WOW and what a great young man he has become, a super dad and hopefully hubby and just a great guy. Also Feb1 is my cousins birthday, my other cousins daughter,s birthday and my sons nephew! LOL Feb 1 is a day of LIFE in our family for sure.
HUGs to you all and do remember life is to live!!! Let's do so and love our bodies while we are at it!
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
and know some spark friends that will enjoy it so thought I would share it.
then going through my pics also saw...
hugs and btw the bottom one has helped me with what we were talking about. and the first one I just found but think is so pretty and true.
HUGS and hope this helps more than my one spark buddy.
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