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'The Biggest Loser' winner gains 20 pounds after anorexia concerns

Rachel Frederickson won the last season of "The Biggest Loser" after a 155-pound weight loss.
Rachel Frederickson won the last season of "The Biggest Loser" after a 155-pound weight loss.
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After spending many years being overweight, this season's winner of "The Biggest Loser," Rachel Frederickson, drew criticism after flaunting her 105-pound physique at the finale. Having lost 155 pounds, the 24-year-old found herself in the middle of a huge controversy that she had gone too far, but on Friday US Magazine revealed new photos showing her 20 pound weight gain.

At her current weight of 125 pounds, Frederiksen now claims that she has found her perfect weight.

After her time on the ranch, plus weeks of workouts at home lasting hours at a time and a very strict diet, Fredrickson finally loosened up a little on her strict regimen.

"I work out an hour, six days a week. I love classes like SoulCycle," she told US. "I also loosely count calories, but sometimes I might eat an Oreo. It's not the end of the world."

That sounds like a reasonable approach. Perhaps her extreme weight loss came more from a desire to win the $250,000 grand prize than true anorexia or any kind of eating disorder. The show continues to give support to the contestants with monthly calls with other contestants and the show psychologists, as well as having a nutritionist available around the clock.

Frederickson says she has no regrets about leaving her 260-pound former self behind, including the backlash, and the subsequent public discourse about body image and how much weight loss is too much.

What do you think? Did she go too far for the show finale, and has she found the perfect balance with this 20 pound weight gain?

"The Biggest Loser" is currently casting for Season 16 of the show.

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