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A Very Scary Biggest Loser

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

I don't watch The Biggest Loser very often, but I did want to catch the finale last night. I was so inspired by seeing the contestants who had been kicked off come back and show how much work they had done at home to keep losing. I really felt like we were all "riding the same bus," like they would have fit right in here on Sparkpeople, with the emphasis on healthy eating, exercise and positive lifestyle changes. However, when Rachel came out (who eventually won) I was really shocked and, I hate to say it, horrified. She looked so underweight and unhealthy. She weighed 105 pounds and she is 5 foot 4 inches tall. I am not trying to insult or trash her, but I was very concerned for her because she looked like a skeleton. My point is that I don't think the show should reward unhealthy behavior. They really should have a minimum weight that corresponds to a healthy BMI. We on Spark also have to be mindful of not letting our competitive nature get the better of us, resulting in an unhealthy weight loss. I hope people don't look at this contestant's over the top, unhealthy weight loss as something to strive for. Pretty much everyone I've met on Spark seems to be focused on a healthy loss, and I hope we all keep that focus in mind! My thoughts and prayers go out to Rachel, that she will be able to get to and maintain a healthy weight.
Have a Sparkalicious day, everybody.
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HOLLYM48 2/5/2014 6:11PM

    You are right, that girl was way to thin. Weight loss can certainly become an obsession and it is so hard to see the loss sometimes. I agree that show should have a minimum weight loss amount so people don't go overboard in an unhealthy way!
Great blog, thanks for reminding us to be healthy, not really skinny!

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ANNEMAC5 2/5/2014 3:30PM

    I did a google search as this will be shown later in the UK she does look too thin but she did win the money and hopefully she could put a half stone on to be a healthier weight and then she will have the challenge of living without been in a competition just getting on with normal life

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MBTEPP 2/5/2014 2:35PM

    Yes, it is sending the wrong message. Rachel has a winning spirit, and I knew she would win given how hard she worked all season. Swimmers tend to be on the lean side, but she should be at least 10 lbs heavier. It was all about the money. Almost 65% weight loss, incredible.

Ali Vincent, the first female winner would say it is all about the money. As soon as she won, she gained a respectable amount, and she continues to live the lifestyle. So there is hope for Rachel.

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FELINA 2/5/2014 9:48AM

    I saw her on the Today Show this morning and I agree, she looks unhealthy.

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WALLINMW 2/5/2014 8:55AM

  Stay motivated!

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RSSSLHB 2/5/2014 8:53AM

    Last night was all about being the Biggest Loser and $$$$$$$$$

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SUNSET09 2/5/2014 8:41AM

  It's a lifestyle change and the Biggest Loser Show offers incentives to lose, not necessary healthy lifestyle choices. It's a reality show and I feel, it's about ratings. Think about it, how many of us would have that kind of opportunity to just workout and eat right, without life distractions!?!?! We are a work in progress and thankfully, know better! Good observation and something that may need to be address to the show. emoticon emoticon the right way! emoticon emoticon

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RACEWELLWON 2/5/2014 8:33AM

    emoticon - I agree that we should all take care to lose according to our body frame and for better health not because of a number on the scale .

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KABMPH 2/5/2014 8:03AM

    I didn't watch the show but saw the pictures this morning and was shocked at how she looked. I just looked it up and you're right -- she is 0.5 away from a healthy BMI. (She's at 18 and 18.5 is on the low end of healthy.) Biggest Loser should DEFIINITELY take that into consideration.

My best to her. Thank you for blogging about this!

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KELLIEBEAN 2/5/2014 7:07AM

    Heard about it but didn't see it. I hope someone has the sense to intervene and get her some help.

I am all about strong and healthy, not skinny!

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