When Rachel Frederickson revealed herself on the finale of "The Biggest Loser" Tuesday night, even trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper couldn’t hide their shocked looks. Frederickson lost an astounding 155 pounds, and was announced as the show's $250,000 winner.
US Weekly reported yesterday that the former high school swimmer “looked utterly unrecognizable at the final weigh-in.”
Critics quickly claimed that the 24-year-old had lost too much weight, dropping to an unhealthy looking frame of only 105 pounds. She entered the show at 260 pounds, and lost almost 60 percent of her previous body weight.
Twitter users lit up with concerns over Frederickson’s bony and over-muscular frame.
Blimey! Just seen the pics of America's Biggest Loser winner Rachel Frederickson. Too much, girl. Too much. – @Coops_tv
Biggest Loser Producers: Pull Rachel's prize money for blatantly cheating and don't allow anorexic ways. – @princess2u74
“Since the first season, participants have reported the alarming disconnect between what the audience is told about medical supervision and what actually occurs at the ranch,” wrote Refinery 29's Kelsey Miller. “As early as season one, participants confessed to resorting to extreme dehydration in order to keep their numbers dropping.”
But Frederickson says she is happy with her new look, and decries those who say she is unhealthy.
“You know, I think I have been on this seven-and-a-half month journey on The Biggest Loser and I went to The Biggest Loser to find that confident girl again,” Frederickson said when media outlets pressed her on if she went “too far.”
“I was very enthusiastic about the finale and I'm really excited about my life here going into maintenance mode. I'm going to try new exercises and continue on this path and see where it takes me -- finding that balance,” she added.
Michaels and Harper released a joint statement regarding the issue on Twitter, clearly making an indication that they too are not quite are what to think about Frederickson’s weight loss.
“Jillian 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 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,” they said.
At 5 feet, 5 inches tall, Frederickson’s body mass index stands at 17.5 percent. Anything under 18.5 is considered by the National Institutes of Health to be underweight.
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