“Health experts say Biggest Loser winner’s extreme weight loss could send wrong message”—that’s the title of a February 15th article in the Bergen Record. It’s also the theme of Dr. Cindy Parnes, founder and director of The New Jersey Women’s Wellness Center (NJWWC) at Montvale Health & Wellness, who was one of the experts quoted in the article.
A controversy has surrounded Rachel Frederickson, the most recent winner of NBC’s weight-loss show “The Biggest Loser”, which was announced on the February 4th finale. After losing almost 60 percent of her body weight by going from 260 to 105 pounds, Frederickson has become a topic on social media. Twitter users have blasted her for being underweight, gaunt and more, as ‘anorexic’.
At 5’4″, her current weight of 105 pounds puts her below the healthy body mass index, according to the National Institute of Health. Despite it all, the contestant has been quoted in media, defending herself in response to the criticism as being “very, very healthy.”
Dr. Parnes expressed similar sentiments to those who are critical of Frederickson, pointing out that the outcry on social media is a sign that questions of Frederickson’s weight loss are widespread.
Dr. Parnes makes reference in the article to the distinction between being healthy and looking malnourished, and that Frederickson’s weight loss and her image sends a bad message to women. She also brings up the need to create and maintain a healthy relationship to food.
According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, although 24 million women and men in the U.S. suffer from an eating disorder, only 1 in 10 of them receive treatment.*
Dr. Parnes’ expertise includes specialized services to women at all stages of life, including nutritional counseling and optimum weight management, and vitamin and mineral supplement counseling as well. She treats her patients through the science and compassion of her 25 years experience in specialized gynecological care. Her ‘mind, body, and soul’ approach is particularly relevant in considering the publicity surrounding Rachel Frederickson.
Read the article, including Dr. Parnes quotes, in the Bergen Record.