Biggest Loser Controversy: Does Rachel Have an Eating Disorder?

February 6, 2014 · 6 comments

Ok. Here are my thoughts on Rachel’s weight loss from The Biggest Loser season finale. Eating disorder or competitive athlete, I don’t think there is one right or wrong answer/opinion here – no one knows but Rachel and until she comes out and admits it, I’m not going to point my finger at her.

It’s also a great place for discussion because with an obesity epidemic comes a HUGE focus on bodyweight for our children. There is fine line between educating health to them without triggering an eating disorder – binge eating or restrictive!  Some of you will disagree with me but please watch until the end or fast forward to the end when I talk about my feeling on the impression it must have had on young girls.

Like I say in the description, time will tell if she really has a problem but you can’t judge someones health from the outside in my opinion… and when did we start going by the BMI scale to decide who is and is not healthy?

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1 Carol H. February 6, 2014 at 8:52 pm

I don’t like to judge other’s weight because healthy looks different for everyone, but it was definitely hard not to be skeptical of the drastic transformation. Personally, I think she would look much better with some more weight on, but I totally agree that the motivation of 250,000 changes the circumstances! I do feel bad that she has achieved such a difficult goal, and has gotten so much negative backlash in return. Really liked your video, very well said!

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2 Patty February 7, 2014 at 8:37 am

My first thought was she looked ‘scary skinny’. I hate the words and more I hate even saying it but that was my first impression. I just hope she wasn’t sick. It is a competition and people will do anything to win. I felt bad that her win was overshadowed by all the negative comments. People have a right to be shocked, losing 155 lbs is a huge deal. Give her a chance to speak about her journey. Great response Sarah.

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3 Christine @ www.idratherbesweating.com February 7, 2014 at 12:44 pm

I don’t think I have watched the Biggest Loser since the 2nd season because I just don’t find it to be realistic and the measures that the trainers and contestants take are so extreme! I was a Jillian worshiper until I found her training methods to be extreme and incorrect and hated that she was not a certified trainer. I hate how the contestants are paraded around almost naked at the weigh-in.
I read about Rachel and was shocked when I saw the picture but honeslty more shocked that something this extreme didn’t happen sooner. Rachel definitely does not look healthy and I hope this does not lead to more extreme weight loss in the future for the show because we will be dealing with an entirely different problem other than obesity. At the same time, I feel like people like Rachel cannot win: people criticized her when she was overweight, and now they are criticing her for being too thin. I know a lot of people turn to the show for inspiration but now, it has gotten out of hand.

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4 johnna February 8, 2014 at 1:08 am

I feel bad for her. She clearly had some attachment to food to gain the weight she did. Many brides I see lose a few pounds too many on their wedding day and gain it back weeks after. With a $250,000 prize at the end I could see how she could get carried away. Hoping for her she will gain a few pounds and continue a healthy lifestyle.

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