Why You’re Wrong About The Biggest Loser

Last night’s finale of The Biggest Loser opened up a firestorm of fury online. People are angry that a woman could become so skinny trying to win a TV competition. Rachel Frederickson weighed in at a 105 lbs after losing 155 pounds or 59.62% or her body weight.

I’ve really struggled with this whole discussion for one reason, and one reason alone. It has nothing to do with whether she’s too skinny or not. It has to do with that woman’s point of view. And it has to do with where our thoughts are headed as a nation.

Just imagine something with me for a second: Imagine that you were overweight and just went through hell to lose it all in front of a national TV audience. Then imagine that you’ve also been hurt in the past (as most of us have), and were overweight due to some emotional issues. Imagine that you worked your ass off to lose a ton of weight, and then that nation decided to take up arms to skinny shame you.

You’ve never been in the public light before, but all of a sudden people you’ve never met are leaving nasty comments on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc. all because you lost weight. Weight that you are so proud to have lost.

“She’s too skinny,” “she’s got problems,” or “she is so unhealthy” would probably make you feel like a piece of crap. All that work and people are saying nasty things to you.

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Don’t let your past experiences with food and health give you a platform to publicly shame another human being. 

Whether or not she is too skinny is not the issue here. She completed a competition where the goal was to lose weight, and lose it she did. You have no idea what all she’s been through to get there, or even what she’s been through her entire life to be where she is when it comes to weight and health.

You have no idea what she plans to do with her health next. You have no idea if she has trouble gaining muscle. You have no idea if she has eating issues, and you have no idea if 105 is or isn’t an ideal weight for her body.

The key point: You have no idea.

I love this quote from Rachel: “To move forward in this life and to know that I can take control and do anything I want — it’s just, it’s been amazing,”

She’s ready to move forward, but the rest of the World seems ready to shame her for her journey.

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Unless you’ve walked in someone else’s shoes, you have no right to judge or make decisions for him or her. 

Shaming is shaming, whether the person is overweight, skinny, unhealthy, healthy, has red hair, has dark hair, is black, is white, is gay, is straight, or anything else.

Before you decide to make it your public decision to point at someone and scream your opinion of his or her life, check yourself. 

Did you know that the majority of Americans are now overweight or obese? What happens when skinny becomes the minority? You guessed it…people start shaming the minority, and the minority starts to look abnormal.

Here’s an interesting statistic: 

In the United States, the average BMI for women is 28.8. In France it is 24.5. That’s a drastic difference, and we’re only talking about an average here. In France, they eat regular wholesome foods, and fast food restaurants aren’t on every corner. You can see more info on this here.

When an entire nation’s view of the woman’s body becomes horribly distorted, it’s easy for us to pass judgments on everyone. 

Now before you all get pissed off at me, remember that I was overweight and a size 16 before I turned my health around. I’ve gotten rude comments about my size on both ends of the spectrum. Let me tell you something: “You’re too skinny” hurts just as badly as “you’re too fat.”

Sticks and stones may break bones, but words can break the human spirit.

The only person you should be worrying about is you. So I’m asking for no more “fit-shaming” or “fat-shaming.” Both hurt. 

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Those of you that are causing the backlash and ranting at this woman have forgotten one thing: She’s a human being with feelings. She’s worked her ass off to win a competition and change her life. You have no idea who she really is, or what she has to work on, or the struggles she faces. You have no idea what she plans to do next now that she’s won. It doesn’t matter if she’s too skinny, or not. It is not for us to judge whether she has a problem.

Do I think she is too skinny? Do I think she has an eating disorder? Do I think she’s sick? None of that matters. What matters is she’s dropped the weight and is ready to hit the road on her journey to health, and I applaud her for that. 

What everyone else needs to worry about are the words that we put out there and how they can harm another human being. Rachel Frederickson is a human being with feelings.

She was just like any one of us when she decided to go on a reality TV show and now has been thrust into a firestorm. Just imagine how painful this must be for her. None of us have any right to say hurtful words to another human being, plain and simple.

I’m celebrating her success today. I’m proud that she has dropped the weight, and I can’t wait to see where she goes on her health journey next. You know why? Because the journey on the road to health is a forever one. It’s not over after the weigh-in. It’s not even over when the fat or skinny lady sings.

It’s life-long, so let’s do it together by supporting each other’s successes and speaking positively to all human beings.


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  1. Nanette ~ AMomBlog February 5, 2014 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    All I can say is 2 things. 1) I wish she should could read your post and 2) I wish everyone who is being hateful could read it and take it to heart.

    • Crystal Collins February 5, 2014 at 8:17 pm - Reply

      Thank you Nanette! I would like both of those things as well.

      • k February 7, 2014 at 10:23 pm - Reply

        Your post has been posted to her brother’s fb page.. I’m sure this will make it to her! 🙂

  2. Savanah Fahrney-Day February 5, 2014 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    My biggest concern is that the majority of our nation goes to extremes. According to the BMI standards (which I know aren’t 100% accurate because body type plays a huge part), she is underweight at 105 lbs & 5’4″ tall. I’m afraid that contestants will start going to extremes and would like to see them find a safe way to prevent that, such as a set prize for reaching goal weight. As the first contestant to fall below the recommended guidelines, I think its an eye-opener to many on how far people could potentially take the contest.

    I think the anorexic comments are a little over the top and said by people that don’t really understand exactly what anorexic is.

    I do like that she was discussing finding a balance in the interview I read. Going too far on either end of the spectrum carries its own health risks.

    • Mel February 5, 2014 at 11:31 pm - Reply

      People need to realize everyone is different……myself at 5’5″ my healthy weight is 135-140. I may be short but I have big bones ( larger than my mom) at this weight I’m a size 4/6

      • susan February 6, 2014 at 8:28 am - Reply

        Completely agree with Mel. In High School I weighed 107 and was 5’7″. I did not have an eating disorder, I was an athlete. I now way 120 at 5’7″ and I look to be a little over weight (imo). It is different for every person. We cannot judge her. Loved this write up. I hope that she get a chance to read it.

      • Michelle February 7, 2014 at 12:15 am - Reply

        Jose, if you’re gonna be negative or rude, why bother leaving a post?!?

      • Erin February 7, 2014 at 12:21 am - Reply

        Did you seriously just call someone that’s a size 4/6 fat? You’re what’s wrong with society for so many reasons! I’d hate to ever meet you!

      • Jeanna February 7, 2014 at 10:02 am - Reply


      • Melody February 7, 2014 at 11:12 am - Reply

        Jose, You may think “big bones” are a myth but I can assure you that some people do indeed have bigger bones than others. I for example have a huge amount of Scandinavian ancestry and am “big boned”. I went through a period where I was extremely thin and even then I my “big boned” frame couldn’t wear some brands of shirts because they were made for people with a smaller frame. And if someone is a size 4/6(like Mel), no way in heck are they fat! Perhaps, Jose, you missed the point of the article which was that it isn’t our place to judge.

      • Karma February 7, 2014 at 11:21 am - Reply

        Jose, this is why you have such a terrible life.

      • Ana February 7, 2014 at 1:03 pm - Reply

        Yes, big bones. Your body composition is comprised of fat mass and fat free mass. The fat free mass isn’t just muscle. It’s that plus your bone mass plus liquid that you have in your body and some connective tissue. That’s why one of the body composition tests that can be run is called a DEXA scan which accounts for the density of your skeleton.

      • Tammy February 7, 2014 at 1:14 pm - Reply

        Jose, apparently you should read the article before commenting. You missed the point completely. Stop calling real human beings that you don’t even know names. You have no idea what she looks like and it’s a ridiculous, unnecessary comment.

      • winnie February 7, 2014 at 1:19 pm - Reply

        @Jose, wow. People like you are the reason this article was written. Your comment was beyond rude. Who are you to judge someone you’ve never met or even seen? Keep your unkind comments to yourself.

      • Chrissy February 7, 2014 at 2:14 pm - Reply

        And Jose just showed his ignorance on the internet. How foolish you look calling someone fat after this post. Shame on you.

      • kimberly February 7, 2014 at 2:54 pm - Reply

        Yeah, because being a size 4/6 has ever been fat! Quit being hateful. Bones make a huge difference. My aunt is a large woman (like a 6′ amazon) and at her thinnest she was a size 12. She had a thigh gap and abs! She looked amazing. My point is don’t judge because you don’t know them or their story. Great write up!

      • Traci February 7, 2014 at 8:45 pm - Reply

        Some people at that same weight might be a size 10 or 12. It all depends on the amount of fat/muscle you have. Muscle we all know weighs more then fat. However some at the same weight and height may have a higher proportion of fat vs muscle. One of my family members is that way.

    • Angela February 7, 2014 at 11:11 am - Reply

      At 5’4″ she may be underweight at 105 but an ideal weight at that height is 115. After a weight loss like that she will put on a few pounds and be in a normal weight category. I think she looks great and people should not tell her she is too skinny for being 10 pounds underweight. What if she just worked her ass off and lost the weight through good nutrition and exercise? It is possible and it looks great on her!

    • SJT February 7, 2014 at 2:20 pm - Reply

      People need to understand that BMI calculators do NOT take everything into account. I am 5 feet 6 inches and weigh 165 pounds (I lost 130 in 2012 from eating healthy and working out consistently). According to BMI calculators – I am overweight, leaning towards obese. I wear a size xs/s and 2/4.

      I have a lot of muscle – these calculators do not factor in lifestyle, daily activity, amount of muscle, etc.! It works the same on the other end of the spectrum… they don’t factor in everything so you can’t place another person’s journey into some cookie cutter mold to make yourself feel better about judging what YOU think they should be like.

      Having personally been on BOTH sides, fat-shamed AND fit-shamed, I APPLAUD Crystal for writing this piece. NO TRUER WORDS EVER SPOKEN – The key point… you have no idea!!

      • Michelle Weymouth February 8, 2014 at 4:04 pm - Reply

        My BMI has put me in the underweight category my entire life. It’s my genetics, my mom was the same way. I have never had food issues, nor do I exercise regularly. My husband exercises 3+ times a week including Crossfit, is extremely healthy and strong yet his BMI actually puts him in the overweight catagory. He is stocky and has been his whole life. BMI is just one measure of health, not the whole picture. I have been skinny shamed my whole life and it sucks.

    • Allaina Humphreys February 7, 2014 at 6:39 pm - Reply

      As a somewhat recovering anorexic, I am afraid for her. Her competitive nature makes her more susceptible to this disease of control. Add to that the fact that she had a disordered relationship to food (overeating for emotional reasons) to start with and is a child of an alcoholic… I hope she will be well.

    • melissa rhodes February 12, 2014 at 4:11 pm - Reply

      I am 5’4″ and never considered myself anorexic at 105. That is what felt comfortable. Needless to say since I have had kids I weigh more now. Everyone just needs to have a whole lot more kindness filter through their words before they let them out of their mouths!

  3. Melissa February 5, 2014 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    Love!!! Somebody send this to her! !

  4. Renae February 5, 2014 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    Bravo Crystal!

    I can’t stand that people are so judgmental and feel at ease behind the keyboard making hurtful statements. As a nation we have forgotten that these aren’t just pictures or stories on the internet – they are real people! Thank you for writing this post!

  5. Susan February 5, 2014 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    Well said! This is exactly what I was saying to a friend today. Enough with the negative opinions. Anyone who’s ever had a weight problem knows that the hardest part is when you have no support. She needs it now more than ever. Love Rachel, love her spirit, and I just hope she ignores the naysayers and takes only the positive, the love and the support of those willing to give it. I know she has all my admiration!

  6. Rita February 5, 2014 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    She was an athelete & lost that part of herself.I am proud she achieved her goal & won the competition.I thought she looked pretty last night & seems to have such a sweet nature.Congratulations to her.

  7. Ashley February 5, 2014 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    Great post! I’ve been heavy, which then lead to anorexia and then to bulimia…I’ve heard it from both sides of the spectrum. This poor girl having to hear all this crap from people/strangers. It’s taken me 15 years to find my balance and that wasn’t even in front of the public. Best of luck to her finding her own healthy balance (if she hasn’t already) and enjoying her success as a competitor!

    Renae – great point about the nation forgetting these are actual people and not just pictures/characters!

  8. Kayla February 5, 2014 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    I agree with this but I think where the trouble lies is this show is supposed to promote a healthy image to Americans– both those overweight, those average, those who are athletic, and those who struggle with their own body image. Ultimately this show is about inspiring Americans to get healthy and I think The Biggest Loser failed at doing that last night.

    My heart goes out to Rachel though for all the backlash, one second you’re too fat the next people are complaining that you are too skinny a la Lady Gaga. I loved watching Rachel throughout the season and found her determination inspiring and wish her the best.

  9. Tania Moore February 5, 2014 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    No, I am NOT wrong. The Biggest Loser bases “success” on Body weight loss, NOT Body FAT loss. People are thus Encouraged to become anorexic: to lose weight no matter what it does to them. You think I’m wrong? Then YOU spend 4 years of your life in high school, 4 years of your life, Three Years of your life in GRADUATE SCHOOL studying Exercise Physiology and FOUR YEARS of your life doing RESEARCH in EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY for the US ARMY.

    Y’all are NUTS. You are destroying your health for “beauty”. I think she looks LOUSY: she looks about Twenty YEARS older and looks as if a stiff wind could blow her over. I would bet she now has Osteoporosis and has lost about 60 percent of her Muscle Mass. I believe she was STRONGER when she was HEAVIER.

    Yes I DO hate “Biggest Loser”. I wish they would either change it or Cancel it.

    • michelle February 6, 2014 at 8:51 am - Reply

      For someone so educated you clearly don’t know what anorexia is. It is not a size. She looks good and healthy and you can see the muscle in her calfs. Sorry but fat or overweight is not healthy.

      • Meg February 6, 2014 at 9:51 pm - Reply

        Anorexia is associated with a small body size. According to the DSM criteria, anorexia is the refusal to maintain body weight at or above a minimally normal weight for age and height (e.g. weight loss leading to a maintenance of body weight less than 85% of that expected). Now there are other criterion to this disorder – and I am in no way certified to diagnose disorders – however I am making the point that anorexia is associated with a small body size.

      • Tania Moore February 7, 2014 at 10:09 pm - Reply

        Yes, I DO know what anorexia is. It is eating FAR less than you need to eat with the sole reason being weight loss. Part of getting my MA in EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY involved studying eating disorders. What is YOUR education in? Surely not common sense.

        • Fred Sherman February 9, 2014 at 5:44 am - Reply

          You must have slept through your psych class. Why would you say a symptom of the disease IS the disease? You are woefully uninformed for an abeit “self proclaimed” expert. First off, there is no such thing as anorexia… its called anorexia nervousa. And thats an important distinction. Its a psychiatric disorder that presents in 95% of sufferers in adolescence. There are strong links to obsessive compulsive disorder, autistic spectrum disorder and addiction.

          The odds of walking onto a television show, which is monitored by healthcare professionals, and suddenly becoming “anorexic” is lower than being struck by lightning while scratching off your million dollar lottery winner as you meet your soul mate.

          Still have your books or did you sell them? You might consider re-reading them.

    • Victoria February 6, 2014 at 8:22 pm - Reply

      Disagreeing with the methods of the show don’t make it ok to shame someone.

    • Kathy February 6, 2014 at 10:33 pm - Reply

      And I wish they would cancel every show that people are jumping in and out of everyone’s bed…oh and for. Using the “f” word. …really people, if you don’t like it don’t watch it. I think this is called bullying …personally I am super proud for her and I think if you have something bad to say maybe you should be cleaning out your own closet.

    • kimberly February 7, 2014 at 3:06 pm - Reply

      You need to check yourself. With the knowledge you have it’s your responsibility to raise people, encourage them, and teach them to take care of their body correctly. It’s NOT your responsibility to bash them and bring them down. It’s not your place to put her on blast about what she might have and not your place to judge her. You don’t know her or her story.

      • kimberly February 7, 2014 at 3:12 pm - Reply

        Also I will add that my own mother is 5’10” and 118 lbs. She looks like this girl. But she is healthy! She isn’t anorexic or a workout freak or anything. She is a normal woman and has been in good health since before I can remember. So I’ll say again… DON’T JUDGE!

        • Christine February 7, 2014 at 7:47 pm - Reply

          Usually people that have to tear other people down do it to make themselves feel better for being overweight and unhealthy. So get off the computer and go ride a bike.

      • Tania Moore February 7, 2014 at 10:10 pm - Reply

        I didn’t Bash HER. I bashed the show. Learn to read, it will help you in the long run.

    • Dave February 10, 2014 at 1:02 am - Reply

      spot on
      she was the only contestant
      to look LESS healthy in her after pic

  10. Jennifer February 6, 2014 at 12:07 am - Reply

    I think she looks amazing! I can only hope to work as hard as she did, and lose as much weight as she did! Good for her! I’m jealous. I need that Jillian chick to be my personal trainer!

  11. Jennifer February 6, 2014 at 12:17 am - Reply

    P.S. ~> I’d rather be called, “too skinny” than “too fat.” I’d take it as a compliment! haha

    • Jeanne February 6, 2014 at 8:24 am - Reply

      And your comment is exactly the problem. Saying nasty things about another person is wrong no matter what the situation. I wish people would realize that ugly comments hurt someone whether they are about being skinny or fat. Commenting on someone’s body size is WRONG. The reaction to this poor girl has been over the top and horrible. People should be ashamed of themselves.

  12. jag50317 February 6, 2014 at 12:18 am - Reply

    I agree with most of the things that were said, but look at her. She is nothing but a bag od bones. I agree with wanting to be healthy but there is such a thing as going over board. You all will feel real bad when this poor girl has health issues or worst then that dies from over doing it. Its no different then a drug user that od. Get real people. There has to be a limit to the madness.

  13. andrea February 6, 2014 at 1:15 am - Reply


    Every single person writing something negative, but covering it up with “i’m just worried about her”, DON’T worry about her. She will be JUST FINE.

    This moment is her winning moment, she worked hard to win 250k!

    You have probably put yourself in danger many times in your life, either carelessly or by accident, without the reason being a contest or prize. Stop acting like you are perfect and have never taken a risk!
    She worked hard and took a risk and won, and now she will hopefully lead a balanced healthy life.

    If she continues to lose weight after the competition, then you can start to share your concern, but at this point, you’re just looking for something to complain about and I suggest you take a good long look in the mirror & then walk out your front door and GET A LIFE of your own.

  14. Katye February 6, 2014 at 7:33 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for writing this. I was so disappointed seeing my newsfeed on facebook filled with negativity. This woman worked hard and overcame so much to lose all that weight. I’m on my own weight loss journey and know how hard it is. I’m so proud of her! We, as a society, need to stop shaming women for the way they look. We are all beautiful!

    • Donna February 7, 2014 at 3:47 pm - Reply

      Give me a break!!!!!!!!!!!I would rather be too skinny then to fat. I have had a struggle my entire life with weight. It is hard work to loose weight!! (And Keep it off)

  15. Jeannette February 6, 2014 at 8:12 am - Reply

    I’m assuming all of you negative people are overweight and unhappy. Stop being so jealous and go do something for yourself. She looks great and I’m sure feels so much better and has so much more energy. Being 150# overweight is hard on your body and heart. She is much healthier now at 105 than she ever was at 155!! Just FYI some people can’t help they are skinny and they don’t like the skinny criticism just as much as a fat person doesn’t like to be called fat. So if you can’t say something nice don’t say it at all!

  16. Paula February 6, 2014 at 8:33 am - Reply

    Very nicely written! In general we all need to be more supportive of each other. Praise one another for bettering ourselves or helping someone else to do so. What I find interesting is that most people in Hollywood (famous actors, actresses, musicians,etc..) are even thinner than her and no one seems to be up in arms about that!! People even idolize them. So, I say “well done Rachel, and good for you! You and your doctor can determine where you should be. Not the public eye!!”

  17. michelle February 6, 2014 at 8:58 am - Reply

    She looks great. She is not too skinny. She looks athletic and healthy. Bmi is a very inaccurate way to tell if someone is healthy. I weigh 85lbs and am 5’1″ and I am completely healthy. I played sports all my life and I have a small frame. So before saying she is unhealthy because her size, look at yourself because I am sure someone has made the same comment about you.

  18. Ericka February 6, 2014 at 9:47 am - Reply

    I do not agree with your post at all. As some one who was called TOO SKINNY back in high school because I weighed 105lbs and I am 5’5. Everybody would ALWAYS call me anorexic. Now as someone that is 50lbs OVERWEIGHT. Yes, i have 3 kids which is not an excuse. It is hard for me to lose my baby weight, but I feel that Rachel took her weight LOSS too far. For what MONEY. She went on a show that is on TV. If she didn’t want to picked apart for how much she lost than she shouldn’t have gone on the show or she should have lost the weight in a more healthy way. She looks like a skeleton. No muscle at all. You can tell me that she has issues building muscle. When you don’t eat or eat too little you are not gonns build muscle you are gonna burn it and look like she does. I am happy that she lost the weight but at what cost to her life. Everyone that wants to lose weight needs to lose for health.

    • Angela February 7, 2014 at 11:20 am - Reply

      I was always called too skinny in high school (6′ and 110 lbs) too but that was a while ago and completely different. Also, are you her doctor, nutritionist, family, friend or trainer? Then you don’t know what she eats so you can’t say she isn’t eating enough. Her metabolism is going to be higher now that she is working out, maybe she eats plenty. I eat more than most people I know and I still look ‘too skinny’ to some people but I can’t help it.

  19. Cyndi February 6, 2014 at 9:51 am - Reply

    I applaud what you had to say. I must point out that everything I have read online about the weigh in has more to do with the responsibility of the Biggest Loser to make sure that the contestants journey to weight loss be a healthy one and not about doing what ever in neccessary to win the money.
    If she wasn’t such a lovely young woman and seemed to have so many supporters in the TV audience they wouldn’t care or fear for her health.
    You are right no one should criticize another human being but I do believe concern for another is human.
    Even the judges looked horrified when she came on stage! I truly hopes she is healthy and enjoying her winnings but most importantly I pray she is healthy.

    • Renee February 6, 2014 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      I COMPLETELY AGREE! I have said the EXACT same thing to other people about the show. It was disappointing that it has gone in this direction. There were some finalists in previous seasons, that I thought looked too thin, and they weighed in at 118-120. 105 is outrageous. The Dr on the show told her she was only 4-5% body fat away from being a professional athlete level, before she even went home. She went to the other extreme now, in my opinion.

  20. Danny February 6, 2014 at 10:18 am - Reply

    She looks like a strong healthy amazing woman. Clearly she is very athletic to have shed so much body flab in such a short time frame. Anyone dogging her for her success is putting a spotlight on their own inferiority complex.

  21. Anna February 6, 2014 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Rachel worked hard and I am glad she won. I am 5’6″ and when I was in my early 20’s was 107 lbs — that’s just the way it was. I always loved to eat, I exercised some, but was just a busy college girl. I have been told I was too skinny, and it’s hard to tell on yourself if that’s true. I appreciate this article. Be nice everyone!

  22. oceangirl February 6, 2014 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Oh, boohoo people are calling her too skinny. Cry me a freaking river! Coming from a former fat chick-I’m sorry, but the stigma of being called fat is still worse than being called too skinny. My guess would be that after being that big that she is actually liking being called too skinny. People aren’t taunted for being skinny to the degree that they are for being fat. Just ask a plus sized girl in high school vs. a size 0 in high school who gets made fun of more. I guarantee you it’s the overweight girl. And for the record, I don’t think she is too skinny. She may be at the bottom of her ideal weight, but she’s not dangerously thin. I think what is more dangerous is how quickly and the manner in which she lost so much weight.

    • LDT February 7, 2014 at 8:12 pm - Reply

      And that folks is the problem right there!!!! Being called fat is no different than being called skinny! I’m assuming that you have never been taunted and called out in front of everyone about being skinny. Comments like “Do you eat? You’re soooo skinny!” Can you imagine if my response were “Maybe you should stop eating…you’re so fat!” AND if you have been made fun of for being overweight then you should understand very well. The feeling is exactly the same…when people make comments like that they are suggesting there is something wrong with you. I do find it’s worse as I get older because I have stayed the same and others weigh more than they used too but it doesn’t make it any more okay!

  23. Kande February 6, 2014 at 11:41 am - Reply

    I respectully disagree:

    (1) With all due respect – the contestants are on a show that they know is being broadcasted to millions of viewers each week. To say that we must watch the show without having an opinion is like asking us to watch news broadcasts, or music videos etc. but not have nor voice an opinion. If Rachel had not been on TV, but had gone on a private journey of weight loss it would be disrespectful and wrong for TV crews to seek her out, broadcast her, and force her into the spotlight. She wasn’t forced – she chose. The same as every other person on that show or on any other “Reality TV” show. The upside is access to the Ranch, the trainers, the nutritionists, the doctors, the food and the gym, etc. – the downside is the journey becomes public property and not everyone’s opinion is going to jive. But when the producers vet people to be on the show, they should ensure they are preparing them for the reaction/comments of viewers. So while I agree that people should be mature enough to be respectful in their comments, it is not realistic, nor fair, to expect no one to say a comment ever unless they are 100% positive and in agreement with the contestants/shows point of view.

    (2) I am not a current nor former elite athlete nor am I a weight loss expert. But I am hard pressed to believe that any professional athlete or trainer or nutritionist etc. would advocate someone losing an excessive amount of weight in a short period of time, when they were already at a healthy weight. And yes, 45lbs in 90 days is excessive. You would be hard pressed to find a weight-loss/maintainence program that does not state losing more than 2lbs per week is too extreme; do the math – she was losing half a pound a DAY upon leaving the ranch! People are saying she is “only” 3lbs shy of the recommended BMI range – but that is not taking into account the fact that when she was leaving the ranch she was 150lbs BUT most of that was lean muscle, not fat. At the finale, she did NOT pppear to have muscle definition built through hard work – muscles were visible because she had zero fat covering them. Her hair was no longer lustrous, her skin was drawn, her face was gaunt, she stumbled walking up stairs, appeared dizzy when standing, and when she was talking her thought processes seemed garbled. These are are not subjective statements bashing her – these are objective facts which were clearly visible to anyone who watched the show live. Someone posted that she was not an unhealthy weight because was at the same weight she had been when swimming in high school – I disagree with using that comparison because the adult body is physically different from the teenage body, which renders weight comparisons useless. That doesn’t mean it is impossible to be the same weight at 23 as at 16 and still be healthy – but it does make it an unrealistic and usually unhealthy goal to strive for.

    (3) Does she have anorexia? I don’t know. But I do know that over the past 90 days she has been taking extreme measures to lose half a pound a day (because without extreme measures there is no physical way to lose half a pound a day, consistently, for 90 days, when starting at a healthy weight to begin with). I know that she herself stated she was doing an extreme amount of exercise – that she was continuously walking on a treadmill when at home, plus taking at least 4 classes each day at a gym. I know that those are signs of extreme exercise measures that people who do have anorexia follow. I know that she herself stated she was restricting her calories (she has said a few times that she would eat 1600 calories but again look up any healthy weight loss site – 1600 calories a day would lead to maybe 2lb weight loss a week, and even that tends to slow to 0.5-1.0lb per week – NOT per day. So either she was restricting more than that; or she was consuming that but taking measures to lose it not through normal measures; or she was exercising even more extremely than she stated). I know that if she continues to lose 0.5lb per day, consistently that at some point she would die. So at some point losing weight DOES change from healthy to unhealthy and if she isn’t at that point now at the very least she is becoming quite close. She was obese because she had an unhealthy relationship with food – it is not out of left-field thinking to believe that as someone with an extreme competitive nature (which she stated she has) that she could become too thin due to an unhealthy relationship with food. And I know that there are women who actually DO have anorexia who have been stunned with her current look as THEY believe she is now resembling an ideal look for themselves, and that has to say something … to have achieved a look that anorexics are now calling “thinspiration” and wondering how much she exercised/starved herself to get her look.

    (4) There were three child ambassadors in that audience. Three children who went from obese to healthy weights through healthy diet, exercise, and mentoring. Who were present for the finale, who saw a winner who went down to under her BMI win $250,000 and talk about how she underwent extreme dieting and exercise to achieve that weight (again based on the fact, not opinion but fact, that she was losing 0.5lbs per day for 90 odd days). Rachel may very well not be anorexic, she may just be a fierce competitor who guarenteed a win and will balance out at a perfectly healthy weight and lifestyle now that she won. But that does not mean that impressionable children (let alone adults) watching will not only absorb the fact that her current body shape is the “ideal”, that fast weight loss through extremes is what is needed over slower sustainable change, and that they will miss the fact that undereating is just as unhealthy as overeating. And for that – I have ZERO problems bashing not the contestant – but the show that has zero problems having such extreme measures be applauded and celebrated, who puts no contingencies onto the health risks with such an effort, and who have the audacity to not address the obvious concerns but instead throw up a post from an “expert” who states “winner is gaunt but not malnourished” when there are obvious signs of malnourishment to anyone with eyes.

    When will it end? When will it be OK to say enough is enough? If next season a finalist shows up to finale in a wheelchair, with a feeding tube, but hey – they lost the most weight so who cares? Or is it OK if we try to ensure that this IS the most extreme weight loss that ever occurs and that from now on the show takes measures to judge (yes judge – the show is a contest which means judging is necessity) the winner based not just on final weight but on actual athletic ability at that final weight, so we are praising people who obtain both health and athleticism and not pure “loss of weight” which in the end, is nonsensical.

    • Jeanne Andrus February 6, 2014 at 4:56 pm - Reply

      Rebecca proved herself a fierce competitor, one who was unwilling to leave any challenge to another competitor. She did what she needed to do to guarantee a win. I hope she has a plan to reach a healthy and fit weight, complete with the muscles to be a swimmer, etc. in days to come.

      But to criticize her for doing the last 90 days in an unhealthy manner ignores the fact that the first 90+ days were ALSO unhealthy and unrealistic. As a trainer and weight loss coach, I talk to a lot of people who are influenced by the massive amounts of weight that contestants EXPECT to lose, are disappointed if they don’t lose and are told they have (once again) come up short if they “fall below the line.” This show has single-handedly changed the expectations for weight loss.

      Perhaps the SHOW will change. But it probably won’t. And there’s only one thing to do, then. Not watch. Because I don’t want to be a party to creating more unhealthy eating. (The show has about the same rebound rate as the rest of the dieting world, BTW!)

      Oh, and knowing Jillian’s “cutting diet” protocol, Rachel was probably showing signs of extreme dehydration, not malnourishment. Just as bad, but more easily remedied. I admire her competitive spirit, but not her methodology.

    • Jules February 7, 2014 at 3:14 pm - Reply

      EXACTLY, Kande.

    • Carey February 7, 2014 at 6:31 pm - Reply

      I totally agree with you Kandee. Your opinion is the most objective point of view that have yet read. You need to share on FB or something so others can see. Thank you for your common sense and perspective.

    • Fred Sherman February 9, 2014 at 5:51 am - Reply

      A half a pound a day is not extreme, not is it difficult. Calories in – calories out. An average person will consume roughly 2200 cals a day and break even on a sedentary lifestyle.

      Drop that down to 1600 calories a day. That is not unhealthy or dangerous. And increase your activity to burn an additional 1000 cals a day. Thats a deficit of 1800/day or a 1/2 pound loss.

      Yes, I have also lost 45 pounds. Not in 90 days, but in 8 weeks. Do you have a problem with the US military basic training too?

    • Dave February 10, 2014 at 12:56 am - Reply

      Was it 90 days or the 45 I read elsewhere?

      Either way she was the only contestant
      to look LESS healthy in her after pic,
      and its wrong for a 24 yr-old to be
      happy about looking 50+.

  24. Jamie C. February 6, 2014 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    When this finale was on I was cleaning up our kitchen and heard my husband yell to the TV “dear goodness, she looks disgusting. her face is sunken in. she looks like a ghost!” of course I ran to see what he was yelling about. I’m sorry, but her face is gaunt. she does not look healthy. and for those of you sticking up for her? you’re probably the type that looks in the mirror 50 times a day and calls yourself fat even though you’re a size 2. And she signed up for a reality TV show people. She should be prepared for any comments that come her way. Good or bad. She took this competition for what it really is… a competition. And then kicked butt at it. I’m sure she’ll gain 15lbs back in the next few months….

    • Cassandra Weaver February 8, 2014 at 3:09 am - Reply

      Um, actually I am a size 18, overweight as all heck, still sticking up for Rachel. I hate how all you people are judging her. Calling her gaunt, saying she looks terrible. Bullying is still bullying, whether you are an adult or a chid.

    • Dave February 10, 2014 at 12:45 am - Reply

      hopefully she wont stay on meth
      or whatever got her to lose 45-lbs in 30 days

  25. Amber February 6, 2014 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    Well said – the reality of reality tv is it gives the audience a reason to pick on or feel better about themselves. That is probably why it does so well.

    If you were to take the picture of her in the tank and shorts and put it next to the one in the dress – it looks like a 10lb difference. It could just be the outfit? Either way I say she did amazing.

  26. Brandy February 6, 2014 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    Does she feel strong and empowered? That’s what matters! I’m pretty sure she feels that she has kicked her weight problem so now she can do anything! Society needs to quit focusing on size and focus on better mental health and self esteem!

  27. Michele @Micheleontherun February 6, 2014 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    AMEN! Thank you!

    What’s funny is that so many people are commenting on what “looks” unhealthy on her. Really? People tell me all the time that I “look” tired. I’m not tired, some days I’m as far from tired as possible and I still get told that. How are we to judge what she is supposed to look like? How do I know her body wasn’t built like that?

    How about we just support the journey? I’m sure her being over-skinny is probably healthier than being over-weight. Either way, she is on a journey. Let her be. Support her without judging her. None of us are perfectly healthy. I eat refined carbs, exercise too much sometimes, talk with my cell phone dangerously close to my brian, etc. Why do we decide that her being too skinny is the worst thing for her?!

    Great post!

    • Dave February 10, 2014 at 12:43 am - Reply

      the “winner” was the only one
      who looked LESS healthy in her after pic

      24 yrs old looking 50-something and likely
      w/ the help of some inappropriate drug use

  28. NerdMom February 6, 2014 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Are people talking about her weight/her look/her weight loss? Yes. She went on tv for a show to focus on her weight/weight loss/etc so we can’t be shocked that people are focused on it either as good or bad. The point of the show is to focus on it. We can’t ask why people are being so mean when she has been paid (both through the prize and the experience) to allow the nation to talk about her weight.

    Separately, losing this much weight this fast isn’t healthy. This isn’t a bitter fat girl talking (fat, yes. Bitter, maybe) but science. And while people are being mean that is what they are saying. You can’t ask why people feel they have a right to comment (even meanly) when that is the whole point of the show.

    Maybe the show is wrong?

    • Ann February 6, 2014 at 7:59 pm - Reply

      I agree with you. When you get to go on a reality show like BL, you open yourself up to all sorts of public opinion. That’s part of the experience. She did do an amazing thing – she worked hard and achieved tremendous success. That said, I thought she overdid the weight loss (even if it was just to win). That’s my opinion. You’re right – that kind of weight loss at that speed is not recommended as a safe and healthy way of doing it. That’s just a fact. Pitting people against each other to see who can lost the highest percentage of weight with a big fat (no pun intended) monetary prize at the end and adding in the drama of personal emotions and past traumas, bitchy coaches, “temptation” episodes, and the fear of and strategies to avoid “elimination” are all kind of sick, but we watch it – I watch it – and really enjoy the show despite these hyped up media devices designed to raise ratings. It’s fascinating. It’s also NOT reality, at least not for the rest of us.

  29. Amanda February 6, 2014 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Awesome article with a lot of great points. I have been saying the same things- good to hear that someone else agrees with my viewpoint 🙂 Keep it up. People need to realize that it isn’t their place to judge- and that care and concern are a lot different from criticism and rude comments.

  30. Katherine February 6, 2014 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    I have one word for your so-called argument of “this isn’t about if she’s too skinny or not” and that word is: NO.

  31. Frank February 6, 2014 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Aren’t you shaming people for shaming her? You opinion is your opinion just like everyone else has. I can agree or disagree with you and there will always be people who will find fault. I can say I appreciate reading your opinion, but don’t judge those who offer thiers.

  32. Elaine February 6, 2014 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    Everyone should be so happy for this lady, she sat a goal and with the help of professional people and a mind set of her own she succeeded. Let her rejoice in her accomplishments

  33. Valeie February 6, 2014 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    I think she looks lean and muscular. 105 looks different on different body types. It’s nice to be a little on the thin side because it give you a little bit of “wiggle room” to splurge now and then. Most of us ladies know how FAST we can put on 10 or 15 pounds (days) and for most of us it’s much, much easier to gain weight than it is to lose weight. I hope she’s enjoying a pizza right now and laughing all the way to the bank.. she deserves it!

  34. gina February 6, 2014 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    Great article

  35. Jill February 6, 2014 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    Everyone is getting so hung up on her weight, and dogging the author of the post for some reason. I think the author’s point is that words hurt, regardless of which extreme they are. Let the winner of The Biggest Loser have her moment. We all have opinions on her health and weight. But the point is that we are so quick to judge with hurtful words. It’s a competition and she won. Would you say hurtful things to her face? No…? Then don’t say them online, because not only does SHE have the opportunity to read them, the rest of the world does too. Regardless of the measures she took to lose the weight and win, she accomplished something. Encouragement and support go much farther than rude comments that rip others apart. Leave her alone. If you have a bone to pick, contact the producers of the show and stop causing damage by cutting the winner down. It certainly doesn’t help the situation to be cruel, even if it’s meant with good intentions.

  36. louie February 6, 2014 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    this is a BEAUTIFUL article. i absolutely agree with this. people work hard the right way for a reason and accomplishments mean so much. hurtful words never do anything good. love this so much!

  37. Megan February 6, 2014 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for your post. I don’t watch BL, but when I saw all the comments in my twitter feed Tuesday night I got rather upset myself. I am very near Rachel’s size in ht and wt and I’ve had people falsely accuse me of an eating disorder. I’ve had people whisper about it behind my back. Of course I didn’t lose weight fast, I’ve always been naturally thin and I’ve grown to hate it because of other people not understanding that I struggle to gain muscle and that I am one of those few people that hasn’t grown out of her metabolism. We never know the whole story whether the person is underweight or overweight and judging people based on a BMI number or scale number and making assumptions doesn’t help anyone if there really is a problem.

    I so appreciate that someone else feels that we need to stop all shaming.

  38. Teresa February 6, 2014 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    I just wanted to say that I fully support Rachel. People are making horrible assumptions all over the internet. Unless they were at her side 24/7 the past 3 months they can NOT call her anorexic. She might be thin, but to make the assumption that she HAS an eating disorder is plain wrong. I hope Rachel has a thick skin and that all of this negativity surrounding her can bounce off of her back, because if I were her I would be terribly hurt and confused.

    First, I’m ridiculed or talked about because I’m fat, THEN I’m ridiculed for being skinny. Crystal, I loved this article. You said everything I was thinking, and more. And your comment “You’re too skinny” hurts just as badly as “you’re too fat.” is TRUE! I would NEVER go up to someone who is overweight and say “you’re too fat.” It’s disrespectful. When one hears “You’re too skinny.” it means that we’re not good enough in that persons eyes. Through yoga, I’ve learned that when people make judgements about someone else, it’s really not about the person they’re judging, it’s that person trying to make themselves feel better. They’re trying to bring that person ‘down’ to their level. And guess what, maybe Rachel WAS going to be just fine after all of this, but now, maybe all of the stupid comments will cause her to develop the eating disorder that people are labeling her with! I would not have an appetite if I was receiving all of these rude comments, they’d make me feel sick to my stomach. OR, maybe she’ll turn to food again and gain all the weight back, and then some!

    Just LEAVE HER ALONE. This IS online bullying. Just because she was on national television doesn’t give you the “right” to judge her publicly. Take it up with the Biggest Loser. They HAVE a contact page, use it, and then stop watching the program until you hear that they’ve changed their policies and procedures on the show.

    I see a lot of positive comments on this article, kudos to you guys! <3

  39. Eddie February 6, 2014 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    I’ve noticed that most people which make nasty comments about people that exercise daily or have lost a lot of weight are generally people that overweight and too lazy to get off their butt to do the same for themselves.

  40. Lois February 6, 2014 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    This may be sending the wrong message. Being overweight isn’t healthy but being underweight is not healthy either. With all the anerexic children out there do you really think showing them a winner that appears anerexic is a good idea? Even if she is totally healthy she obviously appears unhealthy and that’s what these kids will see, and yet she won for it. Is that the kind of message we want to send?

    • LDT February 7, 2014 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      Children shouldn’t even realize what anorexia is or obesity for that matter. I would never allow my children to watch that show in the first place. They should see people for who they are on the inside not the outside. Do they notice that some people are big and some are small? Sure…but why would they even realize there is a problem? Children also notice that some people are white and some are not. That some are short and some are tall. All of their opinions are leaned from someone else. That’s where all of these problems begin, from someone commenting on what they look like. I’ve read on a few posts on other sites that someone’s 9 year old child said ” She looks so gross…why is she so skinny?” That is a learned comment. Which is the same as a child commenting on how ‘fat’ someone is. Again, that is learned behaviour. I believe what this article is trying to say is ‘If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.’ or ‘Everyone is different and that’s okay!’ Being healthy and exercising isn’t about someone being over or underweight. It’s NOT about a number. You don’t have to comment on someone’s outward appearance to teach that.

  41. njbrennan@mac.com February 6, 2014 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    I think she looks great, her weight will settle in. Anyone who has dieted knows that the first time you lose, you go a bit too low, no biggie, then you have a little wiggle room. Unless she has an eating disorder, she will be fine!!

  42. Danica February 7, 2014 at 7:24 am - Reply

    I don’t agree with the cruel name calling and put downs but at the same time when you are in the public eye, you are going to be judged. People are going to give their opinion about you and most likely it’s going to be negative if warranted. Many comments are for genuine concern over her gaunt appearance and what this could lead to for others watching her as a role model. Again, I don’t think it’s right to say mean things about her but we are entitled to give our opinion on her body and weight….that’s what happens when you go on a national show about weight loss where week after week we are watching your body change.

    • LDT February 7, 2014 at 8:51 pm - Reply

      I think that’s the issue though…gaunt appearance? I don’t think she has a gaunt appearance at all. That’s not a very nice way to comment on someone’s appearance. Gaunt is name calling as far as I’m concerned. I think she looks like she lost 155 lbs. I am thin as well and I wouldn’t appreciate anyone saying I looked gaunt just as someone who is over weight wouldn’t appreciate comments about their fat face. Interestingly enough the opposite of gaunt is fat.

  43. Shannon February 7, 2014 at 8:23 am - Reply

    Loosing 155lbs in 5 months a pound or more a day is not normal or healthy she clearly starved herself to win.

  44. Bonnie February 7, 2014 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Thank you for writing this. It is the first reasonable response that I have read since the controversy over her weight began. I don’t even watch the show, but I started seeing articles and nasty comments and it really struck a chord in me. As a person who is naturally thin by nature (and always has been), I especially appreciate your comment: “What happens when skinny becomes the minority? You guessed it…people start shaming the minority, and the minority starts to look abnormal”. I have been receiving not-so-nice comments throughout my life with regard to my weight (I am 5’1″, barely 100 lbs by the way). For some reason, people do not think twice about commenting on someone’s weight when a person is underweight; yet, God forbid if people were to comment on someone’s weight when the person is overweight. Comments on both ends of the spectrum are equally hurtful. Period. Some may wonder why a thin person would “complain” about people commenting on his or her weight. From personal experience, my answer is this: 9 times out of 10, the comment is not meant to be a compliment. Moreover, it is a way of saying that something is wrong with the person, and it is never nice to be a recipient of such a comment.

  45. Amber February 7, 2014 at 11:58 am - Reply

    I don’t completely disagree with the blog, but I do feel like the author is being overly sensitive to Rachel because she also used to be overweight and didn’t like criticism she received from others. So the intent is a noble one, but too much placing her own past feelings instead of actually dealing with the big issue, which is the fact that by appearing on the show Rachel became a role model.

    Like it or not, national television puts people in that position. I don’t totally blame her though, as her competitive spirit likely blocked out all rational thoughts of health and wellness. You just don’t get that skinny to be “healthy” she was in it to win. Period. And, as a dietitian who frequently see clients who expect super fast weight loss a la biggest lose, I get really frustrated by the charade that these contestants are losing weight in a healthy manner just because they are monitored by doctors. Hello! That’s just to make sure they don’t die during the show!

    What Rachel unfortunately doesn’t understand is that there is actually something that comes after the win. It’s called life, and it will probably be very hard for her without any tangible goal to look forward to. She will have to find a lifestyle that will support her health by gradually increasing food and decreasing exercise. During this time, she will gain weight and it may be hard to stop gaining if she’s not careful and being super healthy about it. Hopefully she has someone experienced to help her during that time. I used to be involved in the bodybuilding scene, and you would not believe the train wrecks I saw from people recovering from 3-4 months of extreme dieting. These people (myself included) were generally already fit and near ideal body weight when they started, and usually dropped less than 20-30 pounds and still got screwed up with all the exercise and strict diets. I can’t even imagine what losing 155 pounds in 6mo would do to her mind and body!!

    I don’t think it’s nice to say mean things to her about her appearance, but the whole situation makes me sad for her and angry with the biggest loser. Who will be there for her if she gains back 100 pounds and is too ashamed to go out in public (like MANY past BL contestants)? Of course if that happens, everyone will blame her when it really isn’t her fault since she was taught a completely unsustainable lifestyle. There are some really great things about the show, but there are some terrible things also.

  46. David Dunn February 7, 2014 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Having been quite overweight myself, 275lbs and now a fit 190, my heart was breaking for this girl and the ridiculous behavior of people putting themselves in place as her peers and feeling they have the right to voice their cruel opinions! Thank you for coming to her defense! In this age of technology, and freedom of thought and action, there needs to be more people who vocalize positive opinions and proliferate positive deeds! There are too many already outspoken, ignorant, and uninformed people in the world. Let’s drown their voices out with actions and words that build up those we can reach!

  47. Becky Marie February 7, 2014 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    I didn’t watch the show and have only seen a few photos of the finale. Regardless, my opinion shouldn’t matter, nor should yours. I’ve been called too skinny many times and I’m simply a small boned runner. This post nailed it – who are we to shame someone else because we don’t approve of how they look? She just lost over half her body weight, its going to take her a whole to settle into a healthy routine. I like biggest looser, it shows that getting healthy takes hard work – both physical and emotional. It inspires people to make healthy changes, that’s not a bad thing.

  48. Terry February 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    One thing she is not, and that’s LAZY. She’s dedicated to living a healthier life. She didn’t go home flop down on the couch and turn on the tv after lifting a bag of chips and a soda pop. She chose to work out 3 times a day. 1600 calories is a lot of food and you may have tough eating it all. Not talking bout double cheeseburger n fries. We’re talking bout healthy food. She has a million dollar smile that lights up the night.

  49. Jon February 7, 2014 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    I think some things are being missed here:

    She deliberately put herself into public scrutiny by going on TV. Even without the win, I’ll guarantee you there are negative comments somewhere about every person ever to appear in TV. I’m sure may of these are inappropriate and bashing. Its not right, but its the social media world we created. What do you think is going to happen when a billion people can cast their instant opinion?

    All that said, I agree with the some of the others here, it is too extreme, and you can see her calf muscles because there is no healthy amount of body fat to cover even the smallest muscles up. I Dont judge her, after all, she was on a game show that obnoxiously promotes worthless products for money and ratings. They over dramtize the whole thing and it doesn’t depict what healthy weight loss is about. I would never shame her, but I am a trainer and nutritionist, and if she came to me my first priority would be to put some weight on her. The female body needs a certain amount of body fat for normal hormonal function, not to mention a host of other things.

    But back to my original point. She was on a game show with a $250000 prize. Would you starve yourself for a temporary period to win that kind of money? I would. She played a game and she played it well. Hopefully she is eating at a nice high end restaurant with her winnings now.

    You are right we Dont know the story. I can think of several other blogs and viewpoints though that would say this encourages young girls to develop eating disorders and is exploitative of women and a call to starve yourself like the super model industry does.

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  51. Andrea February 7, 2014 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    I see this so much on blogs or FB or insta. Someone posts a pic and all ppl do is rip them apart, too skinny, too much muscle, not enough muscle. Maybe what we need to do is worry about ourselves?! What worries me about this is that a lot of the ppl who have these hurtful things to say are grown adults raising children. What do you think that does to them. If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all. Especially if it’s non of your business:)

  52. Andrea February 7, 2014 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    I see this so much on blogs or FB or insta. Someone posts a pic and all ppl do is rip them apart, too skinny, too much muscle, not enough muscle. Maybe what we need to do is worry about ourselves?! What worries me about this is that a lot of the ppl who have these hurtful things to say are grown adults raising children. What do you think that does to them. If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all. Especially if it’s non of your business 🙂

    • Dave February 10, 2014 at 12:24 am - Reply

      So your kids will think nothing’s wrong
      w/ things you consider very poor judgement?

  53. Ben February 7, 2014 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    She signed up for a national television show. She knew she would have influence over millions of girls (including teenagers that already have issues with body image), and yet she was more concerned about winning the money at all costs. So, congratulations to you, Rachel! Don’t take it personally when people react poorly to your public performance.

  54. Richard February 7, 2014 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    NBC, Rachel’s trainer, and her doctors had Rachel on a 1600 calorie/day diet doing 3-4 exercise classes a day plus other exercise like walking on a treadmill while working even after she hit her goal weight. That’s outright dangerous for the contestant, and the audience is likely to believe it was good advice. We should be able to tell NBC it is not okay to do that to contestants, nor to portray that as healthy weight loss advice.

    Biggest Loser is also a TV show, so perception is more important than reality. NBC was wrong to let Rachel on the stage for the finale because it sent the wrong message to the audience, and the audience has every right to point out that the wrong message was sent. It doesn’t matter if people are right or not about Rachel, it matters that the show caused people to ask questions in the first place.

    And without the criticism, Rachel would be treated as a role model for healthy weight loss (as winners of the show always have been). When a kid tries to emulate their role model, they’re trying to emulate what they see instead of whatever the hidden reality actually is. People have a right to complain about that, just like they complain about magazines having unrealistically skinny models. It’s ultimately up to NBC to decide how to act on those complaints.

    If people really did take your advice and nobody said anything after the show to protect Rachel, do you honestly believe NBC would fix anything? Unfortunately for Rachel, her feelings are not the only thing at stake. If you want to be upset at someone for putting Rachel in this situation, look at NBC instead of the audience.

    • Dave February 10, 2014 at 12:21 am - Reply

      WELL said!!

    • Tami February 10, 2014 at 6:38 pm - Reply

      But it is ok for NBC to advertise Coke and McDonalds and every other fattening, bad-for-you food out there.

  55. Tm February 8, 2014 at 12:14 am - Reply

    Here’s the deal. She went on TV. It is now allowed to criticize her any way one sees fit. She chose to be a public figure.

  56. deb February 8, 2014 at 12:28 am - Reply

    Wait a minute…try and explain all that you said to an 8 year old or 12 year old girl/boy who thinks that losing that much weight and looking so gaunt is to be applauded. We as adults can argue each side of this story and makes some sense about it…BUT NOT THE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN. They see it and believe it…and this is NOT reality.

    • LDT February 8, 2014 at 4:52 pm - Reply

      That’s my point…why would children that age be watching the show? Why are they watching a show about weight loss? That should be the furthest thing from their little minds. Now if they are watching because it’s a contest and they know the winner is the one who lost the most weight, wouldn’t they be applauding because she won the challenge? They wouldn’t know someone is gaunt looking unless someone made a comment to them eluding to that fact. Young men and women would be fine as well if they didn’t have others telling them what they should and shouldn’t look like. There lies the problem.

  57. Lajro February 8, 2014 at 9:12 am - Reply

    A lion dose not loose sleep over the opinion of sheep. If your a hater your a sheep !

  58. Pamela February 8, 2014 at 10:32 am - Reply

    I have NOT seen anyone skinny-hating on her. I’ve seen people who are worried about her, and about others who will try to copy her without medical supervision. I worry about those who might be prone to anorexia. And I worry that heavy people who are struggling mightily will come under greater condemnation now that someone made it look so do-able.

  59. Tina February 8, 2014 at 11:37 am - Reply

    I just want to say congrats to her. I was overweight my whole life and it was due to I don’t like to eat. Yes strange but guess what that’s how I got to almost 400 lbs. of course u all may seem to think just as well as others that I took the easy way out but I had the gastric bypass almost a ur ago. And let me just say I’m now at 160lbs and I have to say it’s been ruff. 218 lbs later and I have to say I wish I wouldn’t of had it done. But I didn’t have support big or now and now it is taking my life away from me everyday. I will die do to this surgery becuz I’m the lucky 5 out of 10 that things happen. I wanted to do the biggest loser so bad but no support. But all this complaing on her weight loss I’m sorry but she looks great and is healthy and she did it the way I wish u could have. So yeah I may have taken the “easy way out” as peopme say. But everyone is different and different things work for different people. No one knows her story. Just b happy for her and mind ur own. I wish I could of and would of done things so different. I don’t suggest this type of weight loss to others only because the reason I had this surgery was more to make myself eat. Yes maybe lose some but mainly becuz I have no choice but to eat I have to. But leave her b. I wish I could of did what she did.

  60. Jeanette Mccay February 8, 2014 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    We are all on our own journey.. I may not agree with her end results yet its not my place to decide that. I do hope she will gain some.. yet its true we dont know there story so its best to not be critical yet just support them regardless if we agree of not.

  61. Lee February 8, 2014 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    I just hope they took the time to help her with her prior emotional eating habits, worked on her mind as well as her body.

  62. Mike February 9, 2014 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Basically people need to mind their own business. I don’t know why people say she’s too thin. They don’t know what Rachel looked like when she was young. I can’t see her ribs so it’s not like she’s gone too far. I thought she looked classy and elegant. Chances are she’ll stop with the weight loss regimen and work to maintain her weight. I admire her determination and work ethic to get this far.

  63. Kathy Carlson February 9, 2014 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    I am very proud of what Rachel achieved on the Biggest Loser. She has gained herself and lost a lot of baggage, both physical and emotional. I too am 5’4″. I am very small-boned, so my goal weight is at the very bottom of the “healthy range” for a woman my height. That weight is 118 lbs. So if Rachel is small-boned, she and I should theorhetically weigh the same. If a man or woman is more than 10% under his/her ideal weight, that person is considered from a medical standpoint to be underweight. Is being underweight a terrible thing? Not necessarily, just like being a bit overweight doesn’t necessarily have any negative impact on one’s health. Rachel is an adult who has to make these decisions for herself. Are we free to have opinions? Of course. We are also free to keep these opinions to ourselves and use these experiences of other people to make wiser, better-informed decisions for ourselves. We certainly should not be pointing out the splinter in someone else’s eye when we have a log in our own.

  64. Dave February 10, 2014 at 12:10 am - Reply

    She was the only finalist
    to look LESS healthy in her after pic…

    She is 24 and now looks 20-30 yrs older…

    Those are not really arguable, but a further reasonable speculation
    is that she improperly used drugs and other extreme measures
    in order to “win”.

    If BL wants to avoid an even worse outcome
    they will need to change the rules as they did before
    when it became clear that total-lbs-lost gave the men
    too much advantage…

    perhaps something like precise measurement
    of lean body mass when they leave the supervised
    environment of the ranch, random drug testing while
    they are unsupervised, and retesting the ln-bd-ms
    at the finale to DQ anyone who has lost more than
    10% of the earlier result…

    or we could just trust her PR and hope nobody dies sooner of later.

  65. Tami February 10, 2014 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    I think she looks amazing. I don’t think she’s too skinny at all. Depending on her frame, that weight isn’t too skinny for her height. People are just jealous. Who cares anyway? Why do people even care if she is too skinny? Are they afraid others will try to get “too skinny” too? LOL! It is all so silly.

    • Allaina Humphreys February 10, 2014 at 9:24 pm - Reply

      As someone suffering from eating disorders – for 25 years – I am afraid for her. It is a scary, horrible lifestyle that you can never be rid of. Think recovering alcoholic… I cannot ever put food in my mouth without thinking about it and how it ties to my self worth. I would not wish it on my worst enemy.

  66. Sharon Anne February 11, 2014 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    I clicked on this delightful article from Facebook, although I am not a follower of Biggest Loser, as I was curious about the winner. I knew nothing of her background, I only saw a beautiful, wonderfully happy, smiley woman – who to me – looked to be in great shape – had just won the program. Her smile was very infectious and I was indeed pleased for her. What surprised me was to read how much weight she had actually lost, because she hadn’t looked too thin to me before hand, so I Googled her height, which was 5′ 4″. Okay, 105 is low, but gee, my first impression was she looks GREAT. So I’m sticking with that; plus while offering my deepest wishes and sincere congratulations! Terrific POST!!!

  67. christy April 19, 2014 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    Why do you delete people’s responses that differ from your opinion? You may not/like agree with someones viewpoint, but if you were confident in your opinion, you wouldn’t fear theirs.

    • Crystal Collins April 19, 2014 at 2:08 pm - Reply

      Hey Christy! I don’t think I deleted any responses. I have no problem with differing viewpoints. 🙂 The only comments I don’t allow are ones that are hateful and use harassing, foul language. That’s just ’cause I don’t tolerate bullies that do nothing but continue to perpetuate cruelty.

  68. Jonny J September 13, 2014 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    I appreciate the blog. She deserves an applause after all the hard work and dedication.

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