As a recent convert to the whole “fitness thing” (aka working out, watching what I eat and how many calories I burn,) I can’t help but comment on the Biggest Loser controversy that’s currently blowing up the Twittersphere. In case you don’t know, this season’s show featured Rachel Frederickson’s drastic weight loss of over 150 pounds! That’s 60% of her starting body weight!!!
I know it’s unhealthy to be overweight, but it’s JUST as unhealthy to drop such an extraordinary amount of weight in a short period of time. Not only does it leave one open to injury, but can also lead to health problems including immune system suppression and bad skin, hair and nails and in some cases even an irregular heartbeat, muscle cramps and loss of bone mass.
People, rightly so, are absolutely outraged that Rachel lost so much weight in a short period of time. But, no one ever mentions that the entire purpose of The Biggest Loser is to, that’s right folks, lose weight. Instead of chastising Ms. Frederickson for simply following her trainer’s routine, we should be looking into the entire program.
It’s unhealthy to force overweight individuals to go from zero to 60 and expect them to drop serious amounts of weight in a three month period (which is the amount of time allotted to contestants on the hit NBC show.)
Equally harmful to the show’s brand is the fact that the face of the show, Jillian Michaels, claimed she had nothing to do with the extreme weight loss. Um, hello? You are the freakin’ host of the show! And you’re telling me that you had nothing to do with this transformation? I find that a little bit hard to believe. And, if it IS true, perhaps you should focus more time on your contestants and less time on your own personal brand.