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Is the 'Biggest Loser' Too Thin?

Did the winner go too far?

Trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels — and Plainfield resident Tanya Winfield — react to Rachel's weight loss during the "Biggest Loser" live finale. Credit: Screenshot
Trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels — and Plainfield resident Tanya Winfield — react to Rachel's weight loss during the "Biggest Loser" live finale. Credit: Screenshot
By Shannon Antinori

"Biggest Loser" winner Rachel Fredrickson lost a greater percentage of weight than any contestant in the NBC show's 15-year run and the dramatic weight loss has some critics calling her too thin.

A former competitive swimmer who was an athletic 150 pounds in the second-to-last episode, Frederickson's 59.62 percent weight. After starting the competition at 260 pounds, Frederickson lost a total of 155 pounds.

But, it was at Tuesday's live finale, filmed weeks after the three finalists went home to continue their weight-loss journeys on their own, that 24-year-old Frederickson was crowned "The Biggest Loser." She appeared dramatically thinner than the last time viewers saw her as she won the "Biggest Loser" triathlon.

Viewers took to social media to express concern over Frederickson's appearance, and trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper — who have yet to publicly react to Frederickson's win — appeared somber and shocked as Frederickson walked out onstage.

"I actually can't stop thinking about The Biggest Loser," one fan wrote on Twitter. "It was such an amazing night with a very weird ending. I hope Rachel is OK."

Some said the show should set new rules to prevent contestants from becoming underweight just to win the coveted title and $250,000 prize money.

"Perhaps #biggestloser should set a lower limit according to health guidelines and if they go below, no win," one fan wrote. Another agreed: "There needs to be a red line that disqualifies finalists for too much weight loss based on a minimum BMI threshold."

Other viewers were quick to point out that the criticisms about Frederickson's weight — and posts calling her anorexic — amount to body-shaming.

"#rachel from #BiggestLoser looks great!," a fan wrote on Twitter. "It's sad how unhealthy people post their #bully words of disgust. Proud of her!"

Watch Frederickson's "Biggest Loser" win.

Do you think the criticism of Rachel's weight loss is warranted? Did she go too far, or did she just play to win?

chris February 10, 2014 at 12:52 AM
This article is nothing to do with Half Hollow Hills patch
Rachelle Brown February 10, 2014 at 02:54 PM
Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.
Rachelle Brown February 10, 2014 at 03:00 PM
There is really no such thing as anorexia or an eating disorder. No one dies from it but millions die from obesity and I dont even care about that - it is the monetary cost to society from obesity that is troubling not to mention the FFFs that drive around disney, shoprite and the mall in the motorized carts because they cannot even walk they should all go on the same diet as rachel.

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