If you didn’t see 'The Biggest Loser' finale this week, it has caused quite an uproar among fans. Rachel Frederickson won the competition after losing a whopping 155 pounds in 7 months, which equates to 60% of her body weight, also setting a record for the show. But while Rachel was celebrating her win, many were criticizing her weight of only 105 pounds, down from 260, saying that not only did she look too thin, it was also too quick and unhealthy.
Rachel, 24, a former competitive swimmer, who at that time was in “the best shape of her life” signed up for 'The Biggest Loser' after giving up a full college scholarship to follow her then-boyfriend to Europe. But the relationship fell apart and Rachel ended up gaining 100 pounds over the next few years.
The shocking weight loss stood out more than any other season of 'The Biggest Loser' not only because of the numbers on the scale, but also because Rachel appeared to be "scary skinny" and "emaciated" to many. Can one eating disorder lead to another? Cameras also caught the shock that fell upon the faces of Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper, while audiences at home took to social media to express their dismay.
Jillian Michaels posted this in response to all of the questions she’s received since the show aired, “Bob and I want to take a moment to congratulate all of the BL contestants on their hard work. We’re not comfortable commenting on Rachel’s journey because weren’t her trainers and weren’t given an opportunity to work with her at any point. Any questions about the contestants on 'The Biggest Loser' should be directed to the show’s producers.”
Even with all of the controversy and many saying that Rachel’s weight loss is sending the wrong message, she is thrilled with the outcome. “I feel so wonderful. What a life-changing experience. Not only have I gotten the athlete back, but I’ve gotten this inner strength and this confident girl back,” expressed Rachel after winning the competition. What do you think about Rachel’s 155-pound weight loss? Could she have traded one eating disorder for another?
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