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SPOILERS – My thoughts on the BL Finale

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

SPOILERS – My thoughts on the BL Finale

I love the Biggest Loser. It was a great motivating tool for me. Season 11 made me get my butt off the couch. Season 12 kept me moving. Season 14 was an inspiration... Season 15 was kind of annoying.

Now for the spoilers:

I was pulling for Rachel. She did so well throughout the season and basically hit her goal weight by the last week of the show. She looked strong, she looked confident, she looked fantastic at 160.

Now we know it’s a competition. Putting women vs men in any competition makes it hard. Instead of making it about % body fat or some other thing, and allowing for the fact that women need to have a higher % fat to be healthy... it is about a scale. Having a woman who started at 260 compete against two men who were close to 400# is not really fair, but as you’ve seen in the past, women are dedicated and can win.

When Bobby came out, he looked super skinny and you could see the skin hanging off of his frame. He radiated confidence and happiness. I thought for sure he would win. Then they brought out the other guy. Again! Shocking, skinny, confident! And I thought – okay this could be close. Then they brought out Rachel. Holy S**t. I couldn’t believe that the skeleton walking out was the same vibrant healthy woman. Her arms and legs looked like toothpicks. Her skin was stretched over her skull. The trainers even looked horrified. The poor girl is getting a ton of backlash, and I feel bad for her, but she went beyond the scope of the competition. She had the highest percentage of weightloss ever seen on the biggest loser at almost 60%.

I knew it was going to be low. I thought – dang, maybe she pushed herself to 120ish to make sure she would win... But when the scale flashed an “87” for a second, I knew it was worse than I thought. When “105” popped up, you could hear everyone gasping. For a 5’4” (or 5’5” depending on the website) woman, that put her at a BMI of a little below 18. 18.5 BMI is the minimum for healthy. The healthy weight range is 117-146. She was 12# below that.

I don’t even have words. Some people are saying “well she can buy a lot of food with $250k!” But what about the lasting health damage to her body and mind? For a second I thought she looked as bad as Matthew McCouneghey in Dallas Buyers Club and he was mimicking someone DYING from a terrible disease. Other people have commented “well real women have curves!” This also pisses me off. We shouldn’t be bashing any women. Ever. We don’t know the circumstances behind every person. They could have a major illness, they could be depressed, they could have anorexia. All of those conditions aren’t going to be cured by an a$$hat on the internet telling Rachel to “go eat a bagel.” Seriously, #RachelEatABagel was a trending hashtag last night on Twitter.

All of it disgusts me, and Biggest Loser needs to address the issues of this season before allowing future contestants to go through what Rachel did in order to win.

Also – Tumi! She was super skinny. When they said Tumi who started at 340 lost 175# I was aghast! She also looked like she was frail and about to break. Her weight was actually in the borderline healthy range for her height, but again, she looked like she went through hell. The other woman who almost won the at home prize looked like a healthy, strong woman. And she lost to a woman who honestly looked like she had gone through an illness. I just pray that these contestants continue to get some professional help to make sure they haven’t turned an overeating disorder into another type of eating disorder.

So what are your thoughts on this?
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    I agree with everything you said!
    1442 days ago
    I have seen posts that say losing weight that fast can cause irreparable organ damage. I think the show gives sick incentives to people to damage their bodies.
    1445 days ago
    I don't watch bl, but I saw a post my fb feed. WOW! It reminds me of Star Jones. She just didn't look like herself anymore. She was ear to ear smiles, but she seemed off from such a drastic change. I can't imagine this woman that won will be able to maintain her weight loss in a healthy manner. The judges faces look scared. I also agree that people should not be attacking this woman. All the weight shaming needs to stop and people should just be encouraging.
    1447 days ago
  • HARLOW10
    I agree with you completely. I though the same thing. As a Minnesotan, I was cheering on our hometown girl, but she looked emaciated.
    I am actually amazed at how many people think she looks perfect (mostly guys) and commented on the subject on places like CNN. She lost all her muscle!
    And where does this stop? If it is ok for her to be underweight, are other women that are on the show going to take it even further? Just think, Rachel lost 155 pounds, which means she is going to have some extra skin. How much of that played into her final weight? Most people lose weight when they get skin taken off, so is she even lighter than what she came in at?
    1447 days ago
    I agree - she just looked so unhealthy. That is not a role model for young girls and women.

    Although I will say that I thought Olivia Ward on season 11 looked too thin as well (her BMI was 19.5) - this was even more drastic.

    Sigh. I will still watch but I hope they address this and that Rachel can now go gain back 10 to 20 pounds and maintain a healthy weight.
    1447 days ago
  • MINEA999
    I felt exactly like you about this episode. I was shocked to see Rachel and not surprised at all at the look on the trainer's faces. They knew she'd gone too far too. She was all skin and bone with the odd muscle underneath. I'm sure (and certainly hope) she'll balance things out now that the show is over.

    I'm always conflicted over this show. On one hand it encourages me because I see people my size and think if they can do it, I can do it. On the other hand, I know that their tactics and approach is bordering on insane and portraying an unrealistic way to lose weight and keep it off and thus I should not use it as a benchmark for my own success.

    Yet I keep watching....
    1448 days ago
    I think any show that is a competition for weight loss is not providing its competitors with a healthy mindset for health. I don't think weight loss competitions are good for anyone. You should only compete against yourself, because we're all different.
    1448 days ago
    I know you already know my thoughts cause we ranted about this on FB last night... but I'm still super upset about it!! I missed the first half of the weigh ins, so I did not see Tumi. But everything else aside, Rachael is definitely sick. The looks on the trainers faces was enough to say that, if nothing else was. Her arms have no muscle tone, it's pure bone. When she stumbled going up the stairs, my first thought was "she's malnourished". I rooted for her most of the way, because being around the same age as me, I just really felt for her. But now.. I just really fear for her. I hope that she can get the help she needs, and I SERIOUSLY hope the BL addresses this.. it never used to be about losing so much weight that you became ill to win. Look at the last season winner, Danni... she was CRAZY muscular at the finale! Skinny, yes, but MUSCLED. She was healthy! Past winners are generally healthy!! This is not okay!!
    Also, did you notice how quick the show ended after it? Usually there's a huge fanfare and party and hooplah... this time it was "She won, congrats, goodnight" which is highly unusual for them... I hope that it was because they were shocked and wanted to address the situation.
    1448 days ago
    I agree with you. I think there will always be people out there that will over do it because of their competitiveness (many of us have been accused of that).

    I think we all need to look at the big picture:
    Am I getting healthy or am I creating another problem?

    emoticon Laura
    1448 days ago
    Wow! I hadn't watched the finale yet, but I knew who had won, so I decided to read your post. I'm shocked that she went to that extreme and disappointed with everyone's negative reactions! I can't believe that hashtag emoticon I remember a previous season, where Tara seemed a shoo-in to win, and then Helen came out looking quite unhealthy and won! I think it's more motivating to see a strong woman win, than someone who appears to have been sick, like you said. I would love to see the Biggest Loser address this issue since it seems to be a regular occurrence now. I still intend to watch the finale, but wow!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Have a great day!
    1448 days ago
    That's what is all about. How can u address that? They can stop the show. What else?

    BTW, tv makes you look fatter so in reality she looks even skinnier and less healthy. Scary... ;)
    1448 days ago
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