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.