Rachel Frederickson, 24, won The Biggest Loser and the NBC show’s $250,000 grand prize last month. By definition, The Biggest Loser lost a ton of weight.
Some are saying too much weight. The Biggest Loser winner promptly sparked criticism from viewers who say the show went too far by allowing this. Frederickson started the competition at 260 pounds and lost 155 pounds, or almost 60 percent of her body weight. The photos speak for themselves:
On the final episode Frederickson appeared dramatically and surprisingly thinner than the last time viewers saw her, even by The Biggest Loser standards. Trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels seemed to be clapping in slow motion as they looked Rachel over, their eyes appearing to reflect shock.
Rachel, a competitive high school swimmer, gave up a college scholarship to follow a boyfriend to Europe, then ate her way through their breakup. Earlier in the season, Frederickson said that winning the show would allow her to reclaim the champion within and embrace an empowered new future.
Week after week in the weight-loss competition, Rachel proved what a fierce competitor she was and was all but destined for a spot in the finale. Her victory is sure to fuel critics who have questioned the safety of the measures it uses and the ethics of grueling weight-loss regimens as entertainment.
Not everyone agreed, however, as some pundits noted that Frederickson was in it to win the game and will now be able to put a little weight back on, healthily. Others say that while you may question why this is the subject of a TV show, she came on to lose weight and did exactly that … so don’t hate the player.