‘Biggest Loser’ Backlash Surfaces After One Contestant’s Extreme Weight Loss
Winning The Biggest Loser is a pretty straight-forward concept – you must lose the most weight out of all the contestants to get the grand prize of $250,000.
However, the extreme weight loss of the show’s latest winner, 24-year-old Rachel Frederickson, is causing some controversy.
At 5’4”, the Los Angeles voiceover artist weighed in at 260 pounds at the beginning of the season. 155 pounds later, the now-svelte Frederickson weighs just 105 pounds, having dropped nearly 60% of her body weight in just four months.
According to E! Online, Frederickson’s incredible loss won her the season 15 grand prize. However, some are now concerned that her weight loss was too extreme, and perhaps even unhealthy.
The LA Times reports that Frederickson was a competitive swimmer in her high school days, and eventually turned down a full ride to college for a boyfriend. After their relationship didn’t work out, Frederickson turned to food to ease her sorrows and eventually gained over 100 pounds.
With her goal to get back to her “former self” in place, Frederickson proved herself to be dedicated to the demanding diet and work-out plan put in place by the show’s trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels.
But upon her big reveal in the season finale on Tuesday, Harper and Michael both looked shocked to see her transformation, and many took to Twitter to share their own concerns:
I'm so upset with Biggest Loser's winner. How could they not step in and stop her? She is too light. It's a shame.—
Sydney Herman (@sydherman) February 05, 2014
The controversy has added to past criticism that the show’s concept does not necessarily promote a healthy lifestyle, as contestants rush to lose as much weight as they can as quickly as possible.
Indeed, many former contestants of The Biggest Loser have regained weight after their time on the show ended, so there’s no telling whether or not Frederickson will maintain her slim new physique.
What do you think? Did Rachel Frederickson lose too much weight on The Biggest Loser? Let us know in the comments section!