How ‘The Biggest Loser’ Sends an Unhealthy Message.

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I’m sure by now, we’ve all heard the controversy stirring up about The Biggest Loser‘s season 15 winner. And if you’re anything like me, you are deeply disturbed. I haven’t watched the show myself in several years, because I don’t believe that they’re promoting a healthy or sustainable method of weight loss.

When the show started out, I liked the idea of it. Encourage unhealthily obese contestants to challenge their issues head on and get healthier? Of course, I’m down for that. But as I watched the show, I became more and more unhappy with the methods undertaken on the show. 5-6 hours of working out a day on a dangerously low-calorie diet? I remember watching one day and one of the trainers mentioned that the highest caloric intake on the show was for a 300 pound male, around 1800 calories. Most of the contestants seemed to hover around 1200-1400. Considering that I was in recovery at the time, I actually found it pretty triggering, so made the conscious decision to distance myself from that.

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But, when pictures of Rachel Frederickson started flooding the internet, I couldn’t help but have an opinion (loudly. I love Twitter for that). And first of all, I need to say that I don’t blame Rachel at all. From what I understand, she was a competitive swimmer in high school before turning to food as a means to dealing with emotion after a breakup. She was placed in a super-competitive environment, where the goal was to lose the most weight. So what did she do? She made sure she lost the most weight. Almost 60% of her body weight, to be exact. Landing her at a weight of 105 pounds. If she finished in second place, she wouldn’t have won the prize money. For a competitive person, that turns the weight-loss goal into an all-or-nothing event. So, she went to extreme measures.

I think Bob and Jillian’s faces tell it all:

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They both look shocked, and not in a good way.

I’m placing the blame on NBC for this one. The Biggest Loser promotes the idea that contestants need to lose weight the fastest way possible, utilizing dangerous means. Making obese people who have never exercised before in their lives run a mile right off the bat? Running a marathon/triathlon when you’ve only been working out for a few months? All while underfueling (on Subway, Jenny-O, and whatever other company wants a product placement in the show)? Nothing about that sounds healthy to me.

So Frederickson utilized these methods and lost the most weight, resulting in her becoming clinically underweight by BMI standards. And received a $250 000 prize for it. People everywhere (particularly, women and girls) watched that finale saw that Rachel reaching a scary level of weight loss was something to be celebrated. Just looking at her, you can see that her health is suffering – thin arms, dry-looking skin, and apparently, she seemed disoriented and ‘out-of-it’ at the finale.

So shame on NBC for promoting the thin ideal. Shame on putting the contestants in an ‘all-or’nothing’ situation where they need to lose the most weight in order to be celebrated. Shame on whatever doctors they utilize to not put a stop to her weight loss when it was clear her health was being compromised. Can the show rectify this situation? Honestly? I don’t think so. They could have disqualified Rachel for getting to a too-low weight, but determining exactly what that is (BMI standards, body fat, etc.) could be fuzzy and problematic.

Honestly, I think the show needs to be taken off the air. I think that Rachel is going to end up needing a lot of help – she used food as a crutch to lead her to become overweight, and now, I can only imagine that she’s hyper-aware and conscious of food, and likely developed disordered eating habits and an exercise dependency. Considering that NBC led her to her current situation, I hope they’re providing her with the resources she needs to get to a healthy place.

And I hope that viewers watching saw it for what it was – a weight loss that went too far. This episode aired during Eating Disorders Awareness Week in Canada (NEDA’s EDAW is from the 23rd – March 1st), which makes it particularly painful for me. We need to put a stop to these sorts of underfed, overtrained images being glamourized, and focus on helping people reach their natural set point – a healthy, maintainable weight, without restriction or over-exercising. 

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I chose not to include any pictures of Rachel in this post, because we’ve all seen those enough. And again, I see her more as a victim here – she was placed in a game and she played by NBC’s rules. She needs help, while NBC needs to rethink their approach the role they play in glamourizing unhealthy means to lose weight. Rachel’s final ‘weigh-in’ emphasizes how disordered and how fucked-up The Biggest Loser approaches weight loss – hopefully this is the final straw to really push a conversation about health, and allows the show to be exposed for the disordered, extreme methods it promotes.

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  1. I definitely agree that The Biggest Loser does not promote a healthy way to lose weight – at all. However, with regard to Rachel, I initially had the same reaction as you, but then I talked to my mom. She pointed out that I am also exceptionally thin, and while that isn’t normal or ideal, I do not have an ED and it is very possible that Rachel does not either. I am not saying she does or doesn’t, but she could simply have continued to use the already-unhealthy weight-loss strategies encouraged by The Biggest Loser. Even if she had taken slightly more extreme measures, she might not have the ED mindset; maybe she just wanted to win.

    We do not know what the state of her health is, and I’m not sure it is fair to jump to that conclusion, whether right or wrong, when you CAN be that thin without having an ED. I know she was previously overweight, so may be this is unlikely, but as someone who is regularly called “anorexic” due to natural thinness, I thought I this was worth some consideration.

    • Ellen,
      I do agree that some people are naturally thin, and that’s a healthy weight for them. But honestly, for Rachel that doesn’t seem to be the case. My biggest concern is how fast she lost the weight – I don’t think it’s possible to ‘healthfully’ lose 155 pounds in 5-6 months. My issue isn’t really with Rachel – she needed to lose the most weight to win, so she made sure that she did. It’s the approach that The Biggest Loser has to health and weight loss that drives me insane – any health practitioner will agree that losing that much weight, that fast isn’t healthy for anyone.

  2. There’s so much to say about this and at the same time it leaves me speechless.
    I’ll start out by saying I actually hadn’t heard of Rachel’s story before. As I’m neither from the US, nor have I ever watched any of these shows [but not blaming anybody who does here] and wasn’t even aware there is a German version of it on TV here. But I think the overall message and importance of approaching this topic isn’t bound to a single country. It’s a general problem in media promoting an image of “health” that’s by far not healthy anymore. Aside from the fact that NBC clearly isn’t altruistic in helping these people loose weight I think they should have at least stopped Rachel – or anybody – from loosing more when she’d lost a considerable amount of weight already. Supporting people to drop a few pounds when they’re overweight is one thing. But turning it into a ruthless competition of glamourizing who lost the most with no sight at how unhealthy it gets? I’m at a loss of words. It’s insanity.
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    • Exactly, Miss Polkadot – it’s the glamourization of extreme weight loss that’s a huge issue here. Losing 155 pounds in 5-6 months shouldn’t be healthy for anyone!

  3. I’ve heard of so many people who go on the show and leave with disordered eating- even if they didn’t get down to the weight that Rachel did. It’s so unhealthy and unfair to the contestants. I actually get furious when I hear things like this because I know it’s not the contestants fault.
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  4. what I hope is that NBC or even the trainers step in to give Rachel help. Because we don’t know if she actually realizes the wrong of it. WE don’t know how sucked in she is. She may need that help just like she did when she first stepped on the Biggest Loser camp. I have to say though, I have always hated this show more than ever because of what it promoted. the Obsessive, unrealistic and scary measures they went to in order to drop the weight fast. Such low calories diets are not what will help keep these contestants health in the long run
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  5. I don’t even know where to start with this. Aside from the BL, I’ve never liked Bob’s or Jillians nutrition approach, either. I used to love Jillians podcast, but her “diet” advice is always to cut more calories if you’re not losing weight. It makes me so sad, because that’s no way to live and “being” healthy isn’t that complicated.
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    • I like Jillian’s workout videos, but I’m not sure if she’s the most qualified to give nutritional advice – but I would say that about a lot of trainers.

  6. I can not even believe that things like this are still celebrated. I don’t even want to think about the message spreaded here and how many will listen and will want to copy these methods. Being awarded for dropping so much weight and bein so skinny, goes in such a wrong direction, it makes me sick – and sad, that our society is not more advanced in thinking about this issue (sorry my sentences don’t really make sense, I find it hard to formulate what I wanna say lol). I very much hope for her, that she realizes that she needs help. I wouldn’t be surprised if she gained all that weight back. I wish her a lot of strength, love and balance.
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    • From what I understand, a lot of the contestants end up gaining the weight back – they’re not learning lifelong strategies for health, and are instead shoved into quick-fix solutions. No wonder it seems to backfire!

  7. While I don’t have a problem with the show at all – all of the contestants are morbidly obese at the beginning and need to take drastic changes in order to improve their health, I do have a problem with NBC allowing Rachel to win. She was obviously unhealthily and they should have disqualified her from being able to win. I think most of this shows contestants will have issues with managing a healthy weight their entire lives and that Rachel was an outlier but there needs to be a statement made on behalf of the show explaining the issue at hand.
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    • From what I understand, a lot of the contestants struggle with food after the show, and a lot of them gain the weight back. I think NBC might have to reconsider their ‘lose the most weight in the shortest amount of time’ approach.

      • Gahh – I did not know that. I obviously haven’t done a ton of research so after your post I did a lot of Google-ing (still not the best research but what I have available at work, haha!). While I like the idea of helping people (that really need to…) lose weight, I don’t like the fact that it’s so quick and it’s a contest to who loses the most. Everyone should be healthy at the end of the show regardless if they’re the “biggest loser” or not. Do you read Sarah Fit? She just posted a good vlog on the topic!

  8. I read a HORRIBLE article last night about The Biggest Loser and the disordered behaviors it promotes, especially with the contestants in terms of dehydration and working out on injuries and basically treating them like animals (not letting them take electrolytes after their blood work came back imbalanced because the salt would make them retain water weight). It was horrible. I think that for most of our country, watching these people work out and eat “healthy” can be a good thing, but I also think it’s dangerous. They aren’t promoting realistic healthy lifestyles at all and that’s why I’ve never gotten into it. I barely finished one episode this weekend. As a former competitive swimmer myself, I totally see where Rachel is coming from. It’s easy to let it get out of control and since she knows what it’s like to push through the pain to win, it’s probably easier for her to reach that extreme. But if the show hadn’t promoted those behaviors of working out for 5-8 hours a day in the first place, it wouldn’t have happened. It really is sad to see the impact this show has, especially on its own contestants.
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    • I’ve been reading a lot of those articles too, and it makes me sad – contestants are claiming that the show’s methods lead them to develop eating disorders. Clearly, something is extremely wrong with what they’re promoting!

  9. Thank you for not including another picture of her. I’m not a fan of the show. It can be inspirational for those who are seriously overweight and want to see someone make healthy changes, but the show has gone too far.
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  10. I think this was a really interesting situation… I’ve never seen a BL finale contestant who looked that unhealthy. And, to be honest, I don’t really blame her for losing that weight, since a quarter of a mil was on the line. But you’re right — Since this situation transpired, NBC should rethink the Biggest Loser guidelines, and implement something to take away the incentive of losing an unhealthy amount of weight.
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    • I think that people are misplacing the blame a little when they blame Rachel – of course she did everything she could to win the money with $250 000 on the line. NBC really needs to make some changes if they want the show to stick around.

  11. I agree…I think the look on (specifically) Jillian’s face says a lot about this situation. This person went through a huge transformation, but there really comes a point when you question, how much is too much? I’m not saying she doesn’t look good, but it’s the short amount of time that it took to get to that point. I mean…lets face it…that’s a drastic amount of weight to lose. That’s the part that seems unhealthy, and I think people think that that’s okay because that’s what the “Biggest Loser” did, but it really isn’t. People get a false sense of reality through things like this.
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    • Definitely – people watching at home could think that losing 155 pounds in 6 months is normal when you decide to lose weight, and it’s absolutely not.

  12. Powerful post Sam. I am an avid Biggest Loser watcher, loved/love Rachel and her situation really resonated with me. I think I will save my thoughts for what I will be posting tomorrow – hope that’s okay with you
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  13. I don’t watch the biggest loser, and I never have, but I did hear about this obviously and have been very taken aback by everyone’s harsh reaction to her. I’ve seen a lot of judgment towards her which has made me very sad for her because I don’t believe it’s her fault. I don’t like the idea of her not winning, either, because I think that suggests that she did something wrong, too, and is once again not enough. First she wasn’t enough because she gained weight, now she’s not enough because she lost too much. I like Alex’s suggestion that they offer her help, though. That would definitely be a good way to handle things
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    • That’s true – taking away her prize/title would just be awkward at this point. She does need help, so I hope NBC gets her that.

  14. Sarah (@ Sweet Miles) wrote a post on this yesterday and at the time, I was pretty much speechless and had no idea what to say. Now that I’ve had a little bit of distance, I don’t really know what to think.

    On the one hand, yes, the media/our society’s viewpoint on health and weight loss is … weird, to say the least. To the point of being detrimental sometimes, yes. But I think one thing to keep in mind is that this IS a reality show and it’s unrealistic. If you think about some of the other reality shows out there–I’m particularly thinking of the Bachelor because that’s the only one I actually watch–are based on some pretty exaggerated premises (no human being is ever going to be dating 25 other people at once… and if they are, kudos to them). Survivor is based on people being thrown into the wild and expected to, well, survive.

    Most reality shows are based on exaggerated, warped situation and taken to the extreme. The Biggest Loser is no different–it’s just based on weight loss rather than dating 25 people at the same time. I think the only reason this strikes us so close is because we are concerned with living a healthy lifestyle and some of us have suffered from various disorders at one point in another.

    I do realize that people may take this show the wrong way in ways that people might not take other shows the wrong way because the topic is so prevalent in our society today. However, I do think it’s each consumer’s duty to be informed on what they’re watching and what they’re consuming, and that’s where education on these issues come in. It’s the same with documentaries–we were talking about Blackfish on my blog today, and I realize that presents a biased, possibly exaggerated view of the issue of killer whales in captivity. But I don’t think it’s the job of a documentary, or the job of a reality TV show, to portray the honest, unbiased truth. They’re forms of expression and entertainment, and need to be consumed as with any other version of expression and entertainment.

    One thing I DO have a problem with is the fact that after the show, a lot of contestants develop eating disorders. Not at all on board with that.
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    • That is a good point Beth – we do know that reality shows don’t necessarily represent reality, and that people need to be aware of that. But in the end, I worry about impressionable people who think that Rachel’s end result is desirable and sustainable. Hopefully, most viewers are aware that the show is more for entertainment than anything else, and hopefully Rachel’s health doesn’t suffer.

  15. I agree that Rachel is certainly a victim in this. It’s so hard to know how she *really* is (and how could we since we don’t actually know her), but I just hope with all I have that she’s getting truly healthy guidance right now – that’s what she really needs, no matter how healthy or unhealthy BL has lead her to be.
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  16. I couldn’t agree more…. It’s so sad for Rachel, because like you said, she was a competitive swimmer and she was just following the rules and trying to make sure she lost the most possible weight. What sort of bothers me is, when talking to some close people about it, they didn’t seem to think she was too thin at all, just that “she worked really hard and lost a lot of weight- kuddos to her!” Of course, that is very true, but I just don’t like the message that sends – whether or not she did so through unhealthy means – losing that much in that short period of time, and looking so much …different in even her muscle mass than when she left the ranch, is concerning. NBC really should be ashamed of themselves… and I guess myself as well for loving to watch the show that promotes this extreme way of losing weight.
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    • It scares me that she left the ranch at 150 pounds, and two months later, was down to 105 – I find it hard to believe that anyone can view that as healthy. Hopefully NBC makes some changes for the next season, and Rachel gets any help she needs!

  17. I’ve never been a fan of the show. I read an article once saying that chosen contestants have gotten bigger as the seasons have gone on because, for the purpose of attracting viewers, they have to make it more amazing from one season to the next.
    The fact that Rachel has gotten such praise and prize money for looking the way she does might encourage her to lose even more weight or fall into a cycle where she’s terrified to gain a pound back. But, like a lot of people have said, we’re not in her head. I just hope that she finds a balance. It’d be hard to adjust to life after that show, and she’s so young!

  18. You hit it on the nail Sam! It is unacceptable to be rewarding someone for such a drastic weight-loss. As a 24 year old female who like so many others struggles with their body image, celebrating an underweight female’s “achievements” is the last message I want to be exposed to. AMEN. I hope more people read this!
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    • Thanks Davs – hopefully NBC makes some serious changes to the show, but really I would like to just see it taken off the air!

  19. Agree, agree, agree. This show is appalling and I had to stop watching it when recovering from an ED. I’ve tried to explain to my parents why I can’t be around that show when they have it on, but somehow they – like most of the show’s audience – fails to see the extreme methods as disordered when the contestants still have weight to lose. But anyone who has ever contended with an ED understands it’s not about the weight – it’s the behaviors, habits, and thought patterns contributing to a certain weight, high or low.
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    • exactly – that show basically teaches people to work out excessively, count every calorie, and stick to ‘safe foods’ – basically the recipe for developing disordered eating.

  20. I am SO glad you wrote this – you really hit the nail on the head and I totally agree. I used to watch the show regularly, years ago, and I seriously believe now that it contributed to some of my skewed ideas of what “healthy” should be. I stopped watching it when I learned more about actual healthy eating and exercise and realized how detrimental this show was to my perception of healthy living. NBC should really address this and incorporate the negative effects of extreme restriction and over-exercising into the show.
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    • Unfortunately, it looks like NBC is refusing to take responsibility, which just makes me angry. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that that show has contributed to a LOT of unhealthy behaviours in viewers!

  21. I really liked how you put it in this post. Amen sister!

  22. I think that this whole thing is sad! She might feel fine now, who knows, but she obviously lost too much weight in a short amount of time. Sometimes we get caught up in weight loss, and think that we need to lose more and more…
    Plus, there is money on the line…so, if I were in that situation, would I temporarily sacrifice my health for that amount of money? Maybe…I’m not sure though?

    As an adult, it really isn’t that normal to be that small, so I hope that she reaches a balanced place in her life as she has basically gone from one extreme to the next.

    I don’t want to bash her or anything b/c she was a contestant on a “game show” essentially, and while I don’t agree with the premise of the show, it still exists and it is other peoples’ prerogative to participate in. I don’t watch the Big Loser b/c I don’t support such extreme methods to lose weight!

    But again, I really hope that everything does work out for her, because she is going to suffer some consequences in the coming months when such a lifestyle can no longer be maintained!

    Obviously the show promotes such extreme measures for viewership, which I understand. I mean, practical weight loss is kinda boring and slow, sooo it wouldn’t be that popular or exciting hahah.
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    • With that much money on the line, it’s hard to blame her for overdoing it – but clearly, the Biggest Loser methods are not promoting a healthy image!

  23. I have mixed feelings about this. I’ve always been thin and have been told I’m too skinny (hate this, I find it insulting), but I don’t have an eating disorder. However, the weight loss happened pretty fast and she got to a really low weight compared to what she was prior to the show which is alarming. The show has it’s pros and cons, but I hope NBC re-evaluates how the The Biggest Loser is structured now.

    • It’s definitely true that some people are naturally skinny, but the fact that she went from 150 to 105 in 2 months screams disordered methods to me. I do hope NBC takes responsibility for it.

  24. I pretty much agree with ya on this one even though I didn’t see it either. All I can say is, bless her heart. I mean, one minute people are calling you fat, and then you’re in the news for being too thin. Oh my word that girl has been put through the ringer!
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  25. Oh gawl… where to even begin. I’ve only watched The Biggest Loser on a handful of occasions, and I really wasn’t a fan of the message they were sending across. I mean, it’s great they’re trying to get people to lose weight (God knows obesity is a huge problem in our society), but the methods they use? Definitely not okay. Everyone knows that the desire to be the thinnest one in the room is a HUGE part of the eating disorder mindset, and I feel like they’re echoing that in a roundabout way by awarding the person who loses the most amount of weight. Kind of twisted. I do really feel sorry for Rachel, though…. going from one end of the spectrum to the other… and you’re right — shame on NBC for promoting this kind of garbage.
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    • Their methods are so, so terrible. I’m pretty sure that outside the ‘Biggest Loser Ranch’, no doctor would encourage their patients to workout to exhaustion 6 hours a day, or to keep going when the vomiting, subsisting on minimal calories. It really does make me sad.

  26. I think this show is absolutely ridiculous.
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  27. I actually only learned about this today. This is honestly appauling. I am seriously.. shocked. I never knew contestants were in that low of a deficit! I knew they worked out a long time and at a high intensity, but 5-6 hours? Wow.. I can relate to you coming from a disorder. Heck, I feel as if I am still in recovery, because I still have those daunting thoughts in the back of my head. I just.. this leaves me speechless. I get by they air it, because they see it as motivation, but I think they need to reevaluate the caloric intakes and intensity. I’ve seen some pretty serious injuries. The show has basically no balance. I am hoping for the best for her, honestly, I am. She is beautiful, no matter what. I wish the body shaming would just stop..
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    • I agree that the body shaming either way (too fat/too skinny) definitely doesn’t help the situation…I hope she gets the help and guidance she needs!

  28. I don’t watch this show and I didn’t even know what all the commotion was about until I read a few posts about it today. But I agree that this is sending out the totally wrong message. Do I blame Rachel though? No. Because I’ve been there. She’s probably a highly motivated, highly perfectionistic, highly driven person who just wanted to do whatever it took to feel good about herself again.

    I just hope she’ll have the same motivation to seek help and get healthy.
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    • I think that’s why it bugs me so much – I see myself in Rachel, and I know the hell I put myself through. I really hope NBC owns up to the fact that their methods aren’t safe, and aren’t the picture of health they portray them to be.

  29. To me, this whole situation just says that there is too much negativity and criticism in this world .. I mean, come on – first she was too fat now she is too skinny? Why do we feel the need to criticize everything?

    • That’s a fair point – but I think the issue is that the methods undergone and the short amount of time it took for her to get to that size suggest that the methods that The Biggest Loser gave her were not the healthiest or the safest.

  30. Amen. I completely agree with you – Rachel did what Rachel does best – be competitive. She was super strong all season and my favorite, and I really hope she is gaining weight now that she is off of the show. Like you said, NBC should be giving her support/help since they are the ones who put her in this situation. Spot on, Sam!
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  31. So I saved this post to read AFTER work instead of before and wow…Sam I saw social media heavy with all this info but after googling her just then? No. Just, no. And the slap in the face and salt to the wounds is the correlation with the awareness week and this. Ridiculous.

    I have no words but shock.
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  32. TBL is awful. I hope after this recent backlash it will be taken off air. More than ever before, it is not just about being dangerous to contestants but to the viewers as well. It’s moments like this I’m thankful I don’t have a TV! Haha
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    • It definitely makes me angry to think of people watching at home thinking that it’s healthy to lose 155 pounds in less than six months!

  33. Thank you for writing this post. We don’t have the biggest loser here in the UK (thank goodness) but we do have other shows that make me really angry – ‘let’s try and make all these overweight people lose weight in the shortest amount of time’. Urgh…

    What ever happened to being healthy! Eating right and exercising, that’s what we should be promoting. However, as it doesn’t happen overnight and people want a quick fix, I don’t think we ever will see that on television.

    But we are here, blogging about health and well being, trying to make a difference. And if just one person decides to make a change in their lifestyle to become more healthy because they have come across my blog then it’s all worth it.

    Together we can make a stand, together we can promote good health and together we can make a difference

    • I hope people realize that Rachel’s results are not realistic at all, or were achieved in a healthy way. Quick fix is never the solution!

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  40. I was out of town when you posted this, so I missed it. It’s interesting because I used to love The Biggest Loser, but then I started learning a lot of the things that you mentioned. I do research on obesity for a living, and members of our lab have been asked to participate as the psychologists for Biggest Loser. They have always declined because of the incredibly stigmatizing and unhealthy nature of the show. Never have we seen that more than with the end of the last season. I agree – take it off the air. It’s not helping.
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    • That speaks volumes to me that members of your lab refused to participate in the show. I wish more people could see how unhealthy it really is!

  41. I couldn’t agree more with your sentiments toward Rachel and the Biggest Loser! I don’t watch the show, but I actually read about this in a magazine a couple of weeks ago, and was just SHOCKED at the transformation! I’m pretty sure my face looked just like Bob’s and Jillian’s and I couldn’t help but shake my head! You know, when she was at the halfway mark, I think she actually looked her best…and a natural healthy glow! I can’t say I blame her though…especially not given the environment she was placed in…I just hope that she’s able to get to a healthy weight soon and pray this won’t end up scarring her mentally for life.
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    • Fortunately, some later articles have her admitting that she realizes that she may have gone a ‘little too far’ – I’m hoping that means that she’s going to ease up and let herself reach a natural, healthy weight for her.

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