Hey heeey! This actually isn’t the post I had planned to post this morning, but after watching the Biggest Loser finale episode last night, it was just on my mind! These are just my thoughts and opinions, and NOT meant to be degrading or controversial! Just some reflections on last night’s episode, and what it might be portraying.
Did you watch it? If not, spoilers ahead!
Here’s a quick recap:
Rachel became the winner, and walked away with the $250,000 grand prize! Unfortunately, I think the trainers, and America are more concerned with how much weight she lost, rather than how much money she won. Check out this still frame of Bob and Jillian that is now plastered on every social media site. Even Tanya behind them looks concerned.
There is a lot of controversy floating around the inter-webs this morning, and I couldn’t help but get lost in article after article. And the conclusion I came to is this: I’m torn. I’m torn because my favorite contestant won and I couldn’t be more proud and amazed at what she accomplished, not just physically but mentally, but on the other side, I’m genuinely concerned that maybe she lost TOO much.
I think the Biggest Loser promotes healthy weight loss, and a total mind and body transformation, and I support the show 100% because at the end of the day, if the BL franchise helps even ONE person get off the couch and turn their lives around, then it’s worth it. However, after last night’s finale, I’m almost scared that it taught a not-so-inspiring image to younger girls and women in general.
When the episode before the finale aired, Rachel looked fan-freaking-tastic. She looked like she was at a healthy weight, and surely couldn’t lose much more. Not to mention she won the first ever triathlon! Um, hello beast mode! Then when the finale aired last night, I was shocked by what she had shrunk down to! I had to do a double take, and wondered if I was the only one who thought, “wow, she actually looks too skinny!” Now don’t get me wrong, Rachel was smokin’ hot, and she worked HARD to lose the weight, but I was almost saddened by how much more she lost. She weighed in at 105 lbs, and on her 5’4″ frame, that is VERY small. I am 5’4″ as well, and couldn’t even imagine weighing that little.
Here is her BEFORE and her Makeover shot:
and here she is last night:
I think there’s a fine line in promoting weight loss, and being a healthy size, and promoting losing so much weight that you’re barely recognizable. I just don’t want last night’s finale showing young girls that to win at life, and be successful, and be strong and healthy, that you have to be super skinny. And Rachel was definitely super skinny. I know that’s NOT BL’s intention by any means, but I think it’s very possible that that type of message could easily be be interpreted from this. Super skinny doesn’t have to equate with the best. And at the same time, there’s nothing WRONG with being skinny. It’s all about balance!
Now, on the other hand, I think that Rachel’s hard work, determination, and happiness is something to be celebrated, and should be emphasized more than, “did she lose TOO much weight?” Rachel deserves to have her moment in the spotlight, because she DID accomplish her goals, she DID workout fearlessly and put everything she had into each and every challenge, and she DID show that if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything. I mean good grief, she won basically every challenge while on the Ranch! She’s definitely a natural athlete, and proved it every episode! The media is a mean place, and I’m sure she’s learning that today. But, maybe all of the criticism should actually be turned around to positive praise and instead teach young girls to not take away the number on the scale, but rather the hard work, persistence, passion, and work ethic Rachel had throughout the season. Now that, is something to strive for!
I love Biggest Loser, and am a long time fan of the show, and truly hope that Rachel’s weight is cleared by a doctor, and that she really is as “healthy” as she says she is. It’s none of our business in the end, but losing 60% of your body weight looks different on everyone. And on Rachel, it just looked like too much, and I’m left wondering if her body could even complete another triathlon at this point.
What do you think? Did you watch the finale or this season at all? Do you think she went just a little too far? Or do you think, more power to her, get it girl! I’d love to hear your thoughts! And please be nice, just think if your comment were about yourself.