"Biggest Loser" Finale Thoughts

I'll admit it, I watched the "Biggest Loser" finale last night. In fact, over 7 million viewers tuned in last night to watch the "Biggest Loser" season finale and they were not disappointed. Social media feeds were buzzing as one by one the finalists were introduced. Both Bobby Saleem and David Brown wowed the audience with their impressive results but no one could predict the shock and awe that came over the trainers' faces as finalist Rachel Frederickson was introduced.

Photo courtesy of NBC.

Photo courtesy of NBC.

The cameras cut to Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels, with fellow contestant Tanya in the upper right hand corner of the frame, looking a bit shocked. I was shocked too. She looked emaciated. Rachel came to play the game and play the game she did. Weighing in at a mere 105 pounds, Frederickson was awarded the title of "The Biggest Loser".

Doesn't seem quite right though, rewarding this type of extreme weight loss. What message does this send to those struggling with their weight, young women in particular? In my opinion, there is too much emphasis on being thin/weighing less - where is the power, where is the strength in being a woman? Where is the balance in life and fitness? I thought we were winning the battle against the glorification of the "Bikini Bridge" and the "Inner Thigh Gap". It just saddens me. 

Just my two cents. 

-K