After stoic silence since the shockingly thin transformation of "The Biggest Loser" winner, her trainer Dolvett Quince is finally speaking out. And it's clear that he's attempting to defend the process used by the show, reported Us Weekly on Feb. 6.
The controversy kicked off when ultimate winner Rachel Frederickson stepped on stage. As the enormous scale revealed that she had dropped from a 260-pound size 20 to a 105-pound size 0/2, even the trainers looked shocked at her extremely thin arms and frail body.
A Twitter firestorm resulted, with fans worrying that she was anorexic. But Dolvett fired back via social media:
Last night's Biggest Loser finale has sparked a huge reaction, and I do not want the day to end without addressing it. "Biggest Loser" is a journey which has its ups and downs.
Please try not to look at one slice of Rachel's journey and come to broad conclusions. Rachel's health is and always has been my main concern and her journey to good health has not yet ended!!
Despite photos showing the other trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper looking shocked by Rachel's thin body, they declined to comment. They also turned to social media to respond:
We're not comfortable commenting on Rachel's journey because [we] 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.
However, NBC also has not made an official comment.
Some fans are now saying that the show should disqualify potential winners if they are not at a safe body weight. Tweeted one fan: "There needs to be a red line that disqualifies finalists for too much weight loss based on a minimum BMI threshold."
However, the Today show reported on Feb. 5. that Rachel insists she is healthy.
In a conference call with reporters, Rachel said she "continued to follow the plan that I had" from the show and her trainer Dolvett, who recently authored a book promoting extreme weight loss: "The 3-1-2-1 Diet: Eat and Cheat Your Way to Weight Loss--up to 10 Pounds in 21 Days."