My Thoughts On Biggest Loser Finale

Some-Thoughts-On-Biggest-Loser-Winner-Rachel-Fredricksons-Major-Weight-Loss-600x450 To start off this article I have to admit that this season I did not watch the show, I normally do not miss a season but this year I just seemed busy all the time and did miss the show. The other morning however I woke up to the controversy all over the internet about how skinny the Biggest Loser Finale Contestant Rachel was. After hearing  this I went and saw the video footage of the finale, and how Rachel currently looks  and shock and awe barely describes how I felt.

Rachel Frederickson went from weighing in at 260 pounds to currently weighing in at 105 and losing a whopping 155 pounds that is 60% of her body weight. The problem with this scenario is that anyone with half a brain could take one look at Rachel to see she is no longer in healthy weight category, and anyone in their right mind should be afraid for health and well being.

Let’s be honest if you are overweight more or likely you have an addiction problem, just like me we have a food addiction. We medicate ourselves with food, when we have a great day we celebrate with sweets, or if we have a bad day we might indulge in something salty. Bottom line is we have a horrible addiction just like an alcoholic and when you decide to loose weight you have to work on your addiction. Learning why you are the way you are, the changes you can make to stop this viscous cycle of addiction and redirect it into a healthier way.

The problem I see with this finale of The Biggest Loser is two fold, one NBC should be ashamed for ever allowing her to participate after they saw what she looked like, and the show itself should also be ashamed. For years the Biggest Loser has prides itself on showing people that with a lot of hard work, and changing their habits and addictions they too could lose a ton of weight and become healthy. Unfortunately what I saw Tuesday night was just the opposite and that was this season you could simply change from one addiction of overeating, to a second addiction of working out and not eating as a second form of addiction. Which of course is not healthy either, poor Rachel went from one extreme to another and NBC or The Biggest Loser did nothing to help her. When she walked onto that stage, red lights and sirens should of gone off, that this girl needs help and compassion. Not let’s exploit her to make more money on the branding of our TV Show.

rachel-reaction-425x318 Two of my most favorite trainers Bob and Jillian I think sum up what millions of Americans were thinking when they saw Rachel come out on the stage, just look at the photo below. During this section all you could see is Bob standing there with his mouth gaping open in shock and horror and Jillian mouthing “Oh My God” over and over again. The bottom line is that most Americans either have a unhealthy relationship to food or unhealthy image of their bodies, and for NBC to allow this to run on their show on Tuesday in my opinion was horrible, and they should be ashamed of themselves. The worst part of this whole situation is that only Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper have come out and said anything in regards to this situation as you can see below, we still are awaiting to hear from NBC or the producers of The Biggest Loser with some kind of comment on this situation.

“Jillian and I want to take a moment to congratulate all of the BL contestants on their hard work. We’re not comfortable commenting on Rachel’s journey because we weren’t her trainers and weren’t given an opportunity to work with her at any point. Any questions about the contestants on the Biggest Loser should be directed to the show’s producers.”

Bottom line with anything there has to be a healthy balance between losing weight and eating healthy and if you shift that pendulum to either side to much it is not a healthy thing and can be dangerous. It is all about finding a healthy balance that is good for your body and mind. My hope is that The Biggest Loser not only does the right thing by addressing this Finale and more importantly Rachel, but that they also help her so that she finds a more healthy approach to her new body and life.

 

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