I do not have any opinion on Rachel Fredrickson’s weight loss. I truly do not.
She lost 155 to be crowned the winner of The Biggest Loser. When she came out people were shocked. “Shocked” is an overused word today. Everyone seems to be “shocked”. She was too thin in society’s eyes. She looked unhealthy, which is the same comment she got when she was obese months earlier. People were saying that it was just not possible to lose that much weight as a woman to end up being 105 pounds.
Maybe people are right. Maybe not.
Although I do not have an opinion on Rachel’s weight loss, I do however have an opinion. I do feel that if Rachel were a guy she would not have gotten this criticism.
Granted this is coming from a guy. A guy who lost 173 pounds in six months. A guy who ended up losing 221 pounds in a year. A guy who has gotten criticism for everything online except for the way I lost weight.
Rachel won a game show. People want to make this out to be a healthy journey and it just is not. Rachel was in a “no win” situation on the show. Her starting weight was 260 pounds. There are others on the show that have starting weights of 300-400 pounds. She lost 59.23% of her body weight, the highest ever on the show. She ended up at 105 pounds. Did you know if she would have ended up at 119 pounds she would have lost?
And once the show ended, tweets about her came out…
There was little support on the show as well. Jillian and Bob came out with this type of response (both known for pushing 800 calorie diets and diet pills)…
“Bob 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 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.”
Did Rachel starve herself? Quite possibly.
Is she healthy? Quite possible.
Is she an athlete who knows how to lose weight? Quite possibly.
Is she unhealthy? Quite possibly.
However, no one is talking about the runner up David Brown. He was the fan favorite. People love him. He lost an “amazing” 222 pounds in the same amount of time. No one seemed to be shocked. That was “amazing”. He lost 54.28% of his body weight. He lost 58 pounds from the semi final to the finale. Here is what people are saying about him.
Did David starve himself? Quite possibly.
Is he healthy? Quite possible.
Is he an athlete who knows how to lose weight? Quite possibly.
Is he unhealthy? Quite possibly.
Google his name and try to find any negative comments.
I do not like the show or anything it stands for.
It is not 2008 anymore where there was so little on the Internet about transformations. People can lose weight and they post about it all the time. Inspiration is everywhere now but on that show. The show has nothing to do with weight loss and I am still confused why people feel that way. It has to do with winning a prize. It has to do with ratings. It has to do with people pushing themselves for cash.
My problem is that the show made this. The show is not as successful anymore. They have to make it more extreme. They have to make it more “shocking” This is not a trainer or society issue. This is a way to get more people to talk and write about it.
Hell, I did not want to write about this but I did!
Honestly, the trainers and producers could have shown some support for Rachel. Not to comment makes it out to be that she IS guilty of doing this in an unhealthy way. And if she did do unhealthy methods, well, someone should have maybe stopped it or changed the rules so everyone could have won and not one person fighting for more money.
There is a double standard in my eyes though. David is an “inspiration” and Rachel is “anorexic”.
Rachel won money.
Actually they both won money.
I hope it was worth it.