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Biggest Loser Rachel Frederickson rips anorexia rumors: 'I am very healthy'

'Biggest Loser' winner Rachel Frederickson's weight loss stirs anorexia controvery
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"The Biggest Loser" winner Rachel Frederickson denied widespread rumors she's suffering from anorexia, People reported Feb. 12.

When asked directly whether she has an eating disorder, Frederickson replied, "I am very, very healthy."

Dave Broome, executive producer of "The Biggest Loser," also defended Frederickson's extreme weight loss. "Rachel passed all the required medical tests ensuring she was healthy," said Broome

The 5-foot-4 Frederickson lost 155 pounds during season 15 of "The Biggest Loser," slimming down from 260 pounds to 105 pounds. Her drastic weight loss and emaciated appearance immediately spurred rumors she's suffering from anorexia or bulimia, but she insisted this isn't true.

However, Rachel conceded she may have gone too far with exercise. "Maybe I was a little too enthusiastic in my training to get to the finale," she said.

Frederickson, 24, is technically underweight according to body-mass index guidelines, but said she did not starve herself. Rachel said she followed a 1,600-calorie daily diet and worked out over six hours a day in the three months before the finale.

Frederickson's skeletal appearance drew alarmed gasps from trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper during the show's finale. Harper confessed he was shocked by Rachel's drastic weight loss. "I was stunned," said Bob. "We've never had a contestant come in at 105 pounds."

Frederickson's trainer, Dolvett Quince, initially defended her jaw-dropping weight loss, but later admitted he was completely "shocked" by her gaunt appearance. "The first thing that went through my mind was, 'That's just too much,' " said Quince, author of author of the 3-1-2-1 Diet.

Meanwhile, the avalanche of media speculation and fan concern that Frederickson is battling anorexia have led "The Biggest Loser" executives to state they will change the show to ensure contestants stay healthy after they leave the Biggest Loser ranch.

The producers are considering providing more support and check-ins for the contestants after they leave the ranch and may set limits on how much weight contestants can lose.

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