I personally do not watch the show, but a colleague of mine sent me the photo above to examine. On the left is Rachel at the start of the show at 205lbs. On the right is Rachel 7 months later at 105lbs. According to the online stats Rachel is 5 foot 4, which would put her new BMI at 18. 18.5 and under is considered underweight on the BMI. BMI stands for Body Mass Index and is a method used for determining a healthy body weight based on your height. BMI is not effective in children, pregnant women, the elderly or the very muscular. Even if Rachel were very muscular in this case it wouldn't matter as those with more muscle tend to read HIGHER on the BMI scale because muscle weighs more than fat.
What disturbed me the most about the picture was how wasted her muscles look. The contours and sharp angles in her face and arms alone would concern many health professionals seeing her.
It's true that Rachel is a former competitive swimmer and younger than the average Biggest Loser contestant so metabolically she responds different to weight loss. Having a higher metabolism and higher levels of muscle does give one an advantage in the weight loss department.
But is this too extreme?
I have never been able to sit through more than 5 minutes of the Biggest Loser. Their extreme diet advice and excessive exercise tactics which have resulted in hospitalizations are just disturbing to someone like me. And that's only talking about what is shown on the TV. Many Biggest Loser Winners have broken their media contracts and come forward about the inappropriate treatment on the show. From extreme dehydration dieting to get muscle definition which resulted in peeing blood to what the winners reported as an newly developed eating disorder.
It seems like most media outlets, Biggest Loser is only concerned about what their people look like on the outside rather than the inside. Skinny over healthy. It's really sending a bad message.
What do you think?