Hypocritical Biggest Loser Fans Are Pissed That The Winner Lost Too Much Weight

The Biggest Loser winner Rachel Frederickson screenshotSo the finale of The Biggest Loser aired last night, and now everybody in the entire world who never watches it is really upset because they think the winner lost too much weight.

Her name is Rachel Frederickson, she’s twenty-four, and she began this season at 260 pounds, about 100 pounds of which she put on after a college rejection. But during last night’s finale, after four and a half months on the show, she revealed she’d lost a startling 155 pounds, for a final weight of 105 pounds. In short, she’d lost 60% of her body weight, going from a size 20 to a size 0/2, which is a new record for the show, now in its fifteenth season. And since she’s 5’4″, this gives her a Body Mass Index of 18, which places her just barely in the ‘underweight’ category, as ‘normal weight’ begins with a BMI of 18.5.

And guys — PEOPLE WERE NOT OKAY WITH IT. You could hear whispers in the audience, see the shocked look on the faces of two of Biggest Loser‘s coaches, Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels, and read the reaction loud and clear on Twitter and everywhere else in the morning. But honestly, as drastic and likely unhealthy as the loss was, what are we so surprised about? We take someone with impulse control issues with food, put them on a competitive reality show where they work out multiple times a day, get their food monitored, and work closely with specialists — how do we not think this person might adjust their addiction to exercise instead of food, or maybe even end up with a full-blown eating disorder?

So you were comfortable watching morbidly obese people pass out into oxygen masks on their treadmills and throw up during obstacle courses (oh yeah, I used to watch the show) because why? Because their weight loss was moving in the appropriate direction for you? What do you think happens once these people are off-the-air? That their habits stay perfectly healthy now that they’re not being tightly regulated by a team of TV producers? Get real.

This is a television show, so they’re always gonna be pushing for fatter people with sadder stories and more weight loss. This show may be designed to help chronically overweight people, and to a large extent it probably does, particularly the ones who see it and take initiative at home. But it’s also designed to make the producers money, which it’s doing in spades, or else it wouldn’t be on the air.

So do you like watching people doing unhealthy things to their body or do you not? You gotta make up your mind.

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    • straightup

      Amen to this. As someone who has struggled with an eating disorder, I have never watched this show and have always sort of wondered how others can?! The focus on extreme diet and exercise ( and from what I understand they don’t spend much time on the other issues that contestants are dealing with) seems incredibly unbalanced. I can appreciate people working to get healthy, but I hope people realize the show is not very realistic.

      I VERY mistakenly read some comments today on an article discussing the winner’s weight loss that was posted on Facebook. One commenter said something to the effect of “What a terrible example for all the young girls watching the Biggest Loser. They are going to think this is what it takes to win.”
      1) Young girls dealing with all of the crazy societal pressures should definitely not be watching the Biggest Loser.
      And 2) UH yes, this sort of weight loss is what it took for her to win. Maybe we should think about that….

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Exactly! She WON. That’s the bottom line.

    • MammaSweetpea

      I don’t watch the show, just see ads for it. But what always bothers me is the way they have these people dressed in the most unflattering spandex-y type of clothing. It’s not enough that they are over weight, and putting aside all their self-esteem issues to be on the show, lets put them the closest thing to saran wrap, the better to show off all their unsightly bulges, just to add to their humiliation (that’s the producers “saying” this not me) Sad, that this gets ratings.

    • Christina Kwan

      Alexis, you bring up such a great and complex issue that speaks to our voyeuristic desires to see others succeed as well as fail and all the while, judge from the comfort of our own homes (cue Hunger Games music). It’s a sick cycle we’ve gotten ourselves into, with reality and competition tv. We are shamelessly interested in the weird, crazy circumstances contestants are thrown into and wonder why they act the way they do. I don’t watch Biggest Loser, but I can’t say I’m not guilty of watching a few other crazy shows. I wish there were more entertainment centered around positivity, diversity, and true beauty. But that’s just not going to sell right now I guess.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Yeah I’m definitely guilty of watching some schadenfreude-level stuff too. Something to think about.

    • carrie thompson

      This poor woman. She did exactly, EXACTLY, what this show taught her to do- she lost as much weight as possible, by whatever means necessary, over 5 months. Exactly like the other two finalists did, and exactly like every other past winner has done. The difference here is that people find her result to be visually unpleasing, and so now they’re wringing their hands and armchair diagnosing her with an eating disorder.
      This show’s entire reason for existing is to glorify huge, unrealistic, and probably unhealthy weight loss by drastic measures in very short time periods.
      The takeaway from this isn’t that this one woman went too far, it’s that this show has gone too far.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I know…she did exactly what they told her! And she won, so there’s her reward. Crazy.

    • Myndee

      People say she went from too fat, to too skinny. Does anyone stop and think about what they’re saying to this woman and others who have struggled with weight issues? You’re telling her she will never be perfect by your standards. And does anyone stop and think she did EVERYTHING she could to WIN this competition? Maybe she’ll gain a few pounds now that she doesn’t feel extreme pressure to lose the most amount of weight to prove she and her weightloss journey are deserving of a prize. Shouldn’t the real prize be better health and not money? Reality tv is getting worse and worse and there’s no clear line anymore on what’s right and what’s wrong.

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    • Jodi Scaife

      Biggest Loser is a revolting show period. If I thought that the competitors were actually gaining skills to help them after the cameras I gone it might bother me less, but I sincerely doubt that’s the case.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Yeah they just get ditched as soon as the cameras are off.

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