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Biggest Loser Body Shaming

February 07, 2014 2 min read

I’m not a fan of The Biggest Loser, I don’t really watch it, and I don’t particularly support the way they handle weight loss on the show, pushing health products rather than healthy habits. It’s not exactly a bounty of information when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, I mean, their target audience are people sitting at home on their couch happy to fat-shame. The show is pure entertainment, it’s a competition, and the people signing on to the show know what they’re getting themselves into. The show may have some things to answer for, but Rachel doesn’t – it’s all just big hype, concern-trolling, and skinny-shaming. Also, can I just say that BMI is bullshit? There are so many blogs about “fat” people according to BMI, and how BMI is actually a terrible way to measure healthiness. Now that it’s used to assess the weight of a skinny person it’s the be all and end all. Rachel Frederickson, a 24-year-old voiceover artist who began Season 15 of “The Biggest Loser” weighing 260 pounds, lost 155 pounds — 59.62 percent of her body weight — to become this season's champ and add $250,000 to her bank account. Let’s break it down: - 155lbs in 5 months - that’s 31lbs a month - which is a pound a day ku-xlarge Yes, a bit intense. BUT – that’s what this show is about. It’s a competition for losing weight. I’ve definitely had weeks where I’ve happened to be really healthy and I lost 4 lbs, hell, I’ve lost 4 lbs from just doing a detox hot yoga class. So to maintain losing a pound a day for 5 months is INTENSE, but not crazy. Sustainable? That's another question... Such a dramatic shift so quickly won't work for everyone. If you're looking to make a healthy change, click here. 

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