IT’S one of the biggest US shows, and it’s creating an ever bigger media storm following it’s shocking finale.
Of course, it’s The Biggest Loser. The TV show which sees individuals with the desire to lose weight battle for weeks on end; learning more about exercise, food and health than they’ve probably ever known. It spurs contestants on to work as hard as they can, lose the biggest body weight percentage and stay in the running, so to say, in the build-up to the final weigh-in.
And why is it causing utter uproar recently? Most recent winner, Rachel Frederickson, has stunned audiences with her colossal weight loss of more than 70kg throughout this season’s duration. The 5’4″ ex-athlete weighed in at 260lbs at the inset of the show and left weighing a mere 105lbs. Her transformation did, I admit, shock me. She does look extremely thin, especially in comparison with how she looked previously.
The internet is going crazy with a love-hate reaction to her new look.
On the one hand, Rachel has made what is likely to be the biggest change to her life EVER, and seems happy with her new look and how it makes her feel. She has obviously worked hard throughout the entire time, and why should she see ridicule online for her hard work.
On the other hand, however, this shock result coming from a show which is supposedly the pinnacle of weight-loss trials and tribulations. Many people are criticising the show’s producers NBC for allowing Rachel to be trained and supervised for her to drop to this weight.
For her height, her Body Mass Index rating (BMI) – although I think it’s flawed as doesn’t take muscle into account – Rachel is underweight. She measures in at 17.7, whereas healthy is considered from 18.5 onwards.
She, and NBC claim that she was advised by doctors and professionals, however in my opinion, if that is true, that these ‘professionals’ may need to reevaluate their advice. Underweight is never ideal, particularly on a show which advocates for a healthy lifestyle and weight loss.
The show’s personal trainers, notorious for gruelling and literally vomit-inducing workouts, Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper (above) looked rather taken aback and shocked when she first appeared at the final, following being at home for a month. Bob Harper said ‘I was stunned. That would be the word. I mean, we’ve never had a contestant come in at 105 pounds.’
Writing on his Facebook page, He said ‘Last night’s Biggest Loser finale has sparked a huge reaction and I do not want the day to end without addressing it.’
So, should people give Rachel a break and appreciate how hard she has inevitably had to work? Personally, I believe someone who is a contestant is obviously is susceptible to being led through their weight loss. I mean, of course they are, they are on the show because they are desperate to lose weight. And so if her ‘professional’ advisors are telling her this and that, encouraging her to lose this weight, then perhaps they are the ones to blame. I think Rachel would have done whatever she was told to lose the most weight.
This is no longer an example of the shows ability to provide trustworthy weight-loss advice. I think it’s a joke and doesn’t really stand with me anymore…
Have a look at this rant video below…