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'Biggest Loser' scandal: Experts, fans, former contestants question safety

Rachel Frederickson was named the winner of “Biggest Loser” last night. However, according to a Feb. 5 Today article, many of the shows fans think Rachel’s weight loss went too far.

Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper, trainers on "Biggest Loser"
Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper, trainers on "Biggest Loser"
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Frederickson, 24, lost a whopping 155 pounds. This was 60% of her starting body weight – the highest percentage every lost by any contestant in the history of the show. Rachel weighed in at just 105 pounds on the finale show.

This puts the voice-over actresses BMI below what most doctors consider healthy for her 5’4” frame.

Former contestants even weighed in. Kim Nielsen tweeted, “And I thought I was too skinny at ‘The Biggest Loser’ finale......that was ridiculous!!”

Celebrity trainer Vinnie Tortorich says this is why he’d never consider working on this type of reality show. He said, “This show is dangerous to the contestants and to those at home watching. People leave the show in worse health than when they go on. Being voted off week one is the best thing that could happen.”

Tortorich is the author of the book “Fitness Confidential” and creator of the NSNG (no sugar no grains) lifestyle.

Do you think Rachel Frederickson and “Biggest Loser” went too far last night with such a shocking weight loss?