Wednesday, February 05, 2014
First off, spoiler alert. If you haven't watched this yet, I'm talking about who won so stop reading.
Okay, so like many of you I'm sure, I've loved watching The Biggest Loser for the past 15 seasons because of the amazing stories of life-changing weight loss. Seeing so many people go from obesity to healthy lives has been truly amazing. I also really loved how there seemed to be a "Biggest Loser Family" consisting of the old contestants and their constant support for the new contestants.
Until last night. Last night, Rachel Fredrickson, my favorite from the beginning, walked out on to the stage at 5'5" 105 pounds and won the competition with shocked stares and whispers from the crowd and even the coaches. And NBC and The Biggest Loser lost a lot of fans as well as credibility.
They always have a disclaimer at the end of the show talking about how the contestants meet with doctors and dietitians to make sure they are having healthy weight loss, but this year, when Rachel went home, she must have really had her eye on the prize.
I try to see all sides of a story when I speak on something, so the first thing I thought was that Rachel must have really needed the $250,000 prize. She was going against two men, who still had much more to lose when they left the ranch then she did to be in a healthy weight. And what that led to was her getting to an unhealthy underweight in order to win the money. I don't know anything about any of their home or financial situations, but I do know that Bobby and David looked healthy and happy, while Rachel did not. She may have gained $250,000 but I believe she lost a sense of reality and what the show is all about, getting healthy.
But I think what made me even more sad, were the reactions on social media. Not only were people calling for a Biggest Loser boycott, and saying hurtful mean things to Rachel's twitter, but the Biggest Loser family seemed to fall apart. Until a few weeks ago, I'd been huge fans of Jeff and Francelina from last season. But after Rachel won the triathalon last week to get into the finals, Jeff retweeted some tweet that said something to the affect of "Congrats on a third place finish in the finale Rachel." That doesn't seem like something a loving supportive family member would say. Rachel probably had tons of disbelievers going into the finale, because she'd already almost reached a healthy weight and wasn't going to be able to beat out the other two men. But she proved the disbelievers wrong, but at the price of her health.
And then her Biggest Loser family sort of turned on her. Francelina sent a tweet that said something like "girls should be curvy, but that's just my opinion," I think girls should be happy and healthy. If someone can do that at 105, good for them. If that person needs to be 120, then maybe thats a better weight, but people forget this is a competition. And competition and money can drive people to do things that aren't the best for them. I think what needs to really be done is make sure that Rachel is okay, and hasn't developed an eating disorder. Because if she has, NBC and The Biggest Loser should really look into getting her some help. As well as decide if they really need to keep having the at home challenge.
When people are left to their own devices and methods of weight loss there can be some pretty shocking and scary results as we all learned last night.
In closing, I hope that Rachel gets the help she needs if she needs it, I hope the Biggest Loser and NBC rethink the way they run the show, I hope that the Biggest Loser Family starts acting like a real family, and I hope that all of us bystanders and fans think long and hard before we say mean and hurtful words about anyone else.
We're all on different journeys of weight loss and healthy living, but we should truly focus on the correct ways to reach our goals, and helping others on our way.
This was not a blog to spark controversy or arguments about curvy or skinny women. This was just a blog to express my sadness and hope for future seasons of The Biggest Loser.
Thanks for reading Sparkfriends.