Body Shaming at Every Size: Can Women Ever Get it Right?

February 9, 2014 5:03 PM

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Body Shaming at Every Size: Can Women Ever Get it Right?

This week, NBC’s weight loss reality show “The Biggest Loser” crowned its most recent winner, Rachel Frederickson, for shedding the most pounds during the television challenge. But Frederickson’s big reveal — she ultimately dropped from 260 pounds down to 105, losing nearly 60 percent of her total body weight — was greeted with considerable criticism.

The show’s hosts, Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper, appeared to be visibly uncomfortable when they saw Frederickson’s new body. Viewers thought she looked gaunt, wondered if her dramatic transformation could possibly be healthy, and questioned why she was allowed to lose so much weight.

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