Biggest Loser Uproar Should Make Us Look In The Mirror

 

I haven’t watched the show in forever, but I would have to live under a rock to not know who the latest winner of the show is.

Rachel Frederickson.

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She played the game well and won, a true competitor.

You may be asking, “But what about the extreme weight loss?” Isn’t that exactly what the show is about? Isn’t the point of the show to eat the least amount of food possible, work out as though it is your full-time job (because when you are on the show it is) and become extreme about nearly everything?

Do not hear me say, “I think everything is great with what happened.

Isn’t the goal to lose the most weight possible?

I have no doubt that the show creates more body dysmorphia and eating disorders in the contestants than health.

Everyone is commenting on, criticizing, and judging Rachel when we should really look at ourselves.

As a society, we value skinny, beautiful and waif-like women.

Rachel met societal expectation and played the game well and suddenly we are all up in arms? 

The pressure to look just like Rachel is intrinsic in our mindset. I am 5’8″ tall, weigh 160 pounds and wear a size 8 most days. It takes mental discipline to not take on all the media messages to be happy in my skin and love who I am as I am.

Magazine covers mock me, mannequins are size 0, poster women for beauty are photoshopped, messages are constantly about losing weight, my body is how I am judged in the world I live in and very few women are happy with their bodies and if they are, we decide they shouldn’t be.

Conversations at parties are rarely about the joys of life and how we are living out our unique purpose on the earth, instead women talk about things related to our bodies and how we don’t like them.

  • How to make something low-cal.
  • The amount of carbs in a glass of red wine.
  • How many hours of running it will take to burn off the piece of cheesecake.
  • The last 10 pounds we each need to lose.
  • When was the last time we worked out.

In my opinion, we have failed Rachel and every woman in North America.

When it is going to stop? When will we step up and step out of the skinny, waif-woman box we have been crammed into and take over the world in all healthy shapes and sizes?

It is time for a woman revolution!