For those of you that haven’t seen all the fuss over recent Biggest Loser season 15 winner Rachel Frederickson, I’ll give you an update. Basically, a morbidly obese woman wanted to better herself, got accepted onto the show, worked tremendously hard to lose weight, and won. Good news, right? A testament to hard work, perseverance, and self-actualization. Sure thing! You bet.
Rachel had a 260 pound canvas to work from and created a fabulous work of art. She sculpted a body that works for her right now and that she can work from in the future to finish her masterpiece.
But then the critics and the whiners chimed in.
If you read the Internet chatter about this event, you’ll find that the critics vastly outweigh the people who are saying, “You go girl!” I find that the critics in this situation fall into three main categories.
- There are the people who are fat and aren’t willing to work hard enough to change. These people are overjoyed at criticizing someone who does better than them. To them, someone who dares to leave the fat club and join the healthy people is the devil. How dare you prove that it can be done.
- There are the paid critics. These folks will often write their articles based on the majority opinion, and the majority opinion here is that Rachel did something wrong by being awesome.
- There are the people who didn’t even watch the show and weigh in on the side of the majority so they seem like they’re up on pop culture. Out of all Biggest Loser episodes ever, this is probably the one where the largest amount of non-viewers all of a sudden had an opinion.
I believe the thing that most annoys people about Rachel’s success is that she doesn’t look normal. It’s not that she looks bad or even unhealthy as most critics state. It’s just normal is skewed so far on the side of obesity that most people think anything but fat isn’t normal.
Rachel- You look fabulous and happy. You’ve finished an amazing accomplishment. With that much determination and ability to work unbelievably hard, I, for one, can’t wait to see what comes next. You’re awesome!
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