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?