__ Too Thin _√_ Not Too Thin

The Biggest Loser season 15 finale aired this past Tuesday, and boy was it filled with some incredible transformations. Both the at home contestants (people who had been eliminated from the show) and the 3 finalist looked PHENOMENAL.

 Rachel Frederickson was crowned the biggest loser after losing 155lbs, 60% of her body weight, during the 7 ½ month biggest loser competition, and boy did she look amazing at the finale!

When 24-year-old Rachel started The Biggest Loser she was 260lbs and very unhappy with her life and some of the decisions she had made. In high school she was a 3 time state champion swimmer and was offered scholarships by many colleges to swim however, turned all of that down, quit swimming, and moved to Germany with a boy she fell in love with. When things didn’t work out with her boyfriend Rachel moved back to the States, went to pastry school, worked at a handful of different jobs, and moved back home just in time to deal with her parents recent divorce.

This is when Rachel realized that she needed to make some changes in her life and applied for The Biggest Loser. In Rachel’s interview video she said “I was very hard on myself for some of the decisions I made. I’m ready to become that strong and confident girl again, to free myself from the past, live in the present and make the changes I need to be happy with myself and live the life I always imagined.”

Rachel proved this when she arrived at The Biggest Loser ranch and was constantly working hard and pushing herself to get through the workouts, win challenges, and stay focused. This all paid off because Rachel made it to make over week, won The Biggest Loser sprint triathlon, and won the ultimate prize of being The Biggest Loser.

However, thanks to the critical lens that many had on, on Tuesday night, Rachel cannot even fully enjoy what she has accomplished because people are now saying she is “too thin” and assuming things like she’s anorexic.

As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.”

If Rachel hadn’t decided to change her life and lose weight people would criticize her for being a 260lb 24 year old. People would probably stare at her a little in public noticing that she’s on the larger size, they might make jokes at her expense, and just continue to put her down by saying hurtful things.

Rachel has changed her life, lost weight, and people are STILL criticizing how she looks, putting her down, and saying things that are especially hurtful for someone who spent so much time and energy to look how she does today.

You just can’t ever win I guess!

If Rachel started at 130lbs and lost only 25lbs would people still say she looks “too thin”, or would they think she looks good? Do people believe she looks too thin because when you compare the new and improved Rachel to the old Rachel she looks significantly smaller?

I think Rachel looks great! She is 24 years old, a size 2 (something she probably never thought she would be!), she looks strong and happy, $250,000 richer, and ready to start her new life.

How about we just let her enjoy it 🙂


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