Too Thin? Biggest Loser of 2014

Too Thin? Biggest Loser of 2014

Dear Dr. Dorie: What do you think about this year’s winner on The Biggest Loser 2014? I think she’s taken her weight loss too far, and she actually looks like she’s starving. Do you think she’s anorexic?
– Biggest Loser Not A Winner

Dear Biggest Loser Not A Winner,

It’s ironic, isn’t it, that Rachel Frederickson was once told she was too fat, but now as the “Biggest Loser” she is being told she’s too thin.  Are Obesity and Anorexia flip sides of the same coin?

As an Eating Disorder Treatment Specialist for nearly 20 years, I have seen more clients than I can count who have “flipped” from one type of eating disorder for another.  There are three main types of eating disorders – Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder.  Anorexic clients can become Bulimic or Binge Eaters, Bulimic clients can become Anorexic or Binge Eaters, and Binge Eaters can become Bulimic or Anorexic.

Rachel Frederickson was Obese – was she a Binge Eater, who is now Anorexic?  There are many factors which are considered when making an eating disorder diagnosis, and without talking directly with Rachel and knowing more details of her eating and weight history, I cannot give her any type of eating disorder diagnosis.  However, I am very concerned about her dramatic weight loss – and how this has affected her physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

In addition to the treatment of eating disorders, I also provide diet-free solutions for clients to overcome Obesity.  I always emphasize that weight loss is an outcome of other goals, such as Intuitive Eating and Intuitive Exercise.  I guide clients to trust their intuition to let go of unhelpful habits, and encourage them to find new habits which are sustainable.  If they do lose weight, they will be able to easily maintain their weight.  What would happen if we all focused on health gains, instead of weight loss?


“Dr. Dorie” McCubbrey, MSEd, PhD, LPC, CEDS – the “Don’t Diet” Doctor – is the Bestselling Author of Dr. Dorie’s DON’T DIET Book and How Much Does Your Soul Weigh? She is an Obesity and Eating Disorder Treatment Specialist and Healthy Weight Loss Motivational Speaker in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Dorie provides diet-free solutions to your questions about eating and weight problems. Join Dr. Dorie for her next FREE weight loss webinar with LIVE Q&A:

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