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Usually, I love The Biggest Loser, but this even has me SHOCKED!

One of my friends shared this story from Jezebel and I had to share.

After this season’s final contestant on the popular weight loss show The Biggest Loser confidently walked on stage during the final reveal, she was met with halting applause from the audience and looks of shock from the show’s trainers. Rachel Frederickson, a former swimmer who had risen to 260lbs, now weighed in at 105 lbs at the finale. She won by losing 60% of her body weight…in 5 months. This was record-breaking for the show, because in the history of the franchise, no one has lost a larger percentage of their body weight. And, sure, this sounds awesome...until you see the photos.

I sort of want to give her a sandwich, but by the look of her tiny little arms I'm afraid she couldn't lift it.

I sort of want to give her a sandwich, but by the look of her tiny little arms I’m afraid she couldn’t lift it.

Frederickson is 5’4″ and 105 lbs, her height-weight combination put her slightly below what doctors would consider “healthy” according to the BMI scale. She’s also below what Weight Watchers would consider healthy for her height. And FYI: When she left the Biggest Loser ranch, where she worked out under the watch of medical professionals, she was a healthy size 6. But at the reveal, she had shrunken to a size 0/2.

Photo Credit: US Weekly

Photo Credit: US Weekly

Upon that big reveal of 24-year-old Frederickson’s post-diet body, Twitter basically exploded with angry people claiming that the show had gone too far. One diet blogger didn’t mince words, writing “There was nothing athletic about the waif-thin appearance of Rachel tonight.” Another referred to has “way too thin.” The internet, ever a place of nuance and restraint, deemed Frederickson’s body skeletal, gross, and “anorexic,” as though that’s something you can diagnose from your couch. One demanded that the show’s runner-up, who lost 222 lbs, be given the cash prize and Frederickson be given a trip to an “eating disorder rehab facility.”

The reaction of those actually in the room with  Frederickson during her reveal weren’t exactly delighted with her as a picture of health and vitality, either. The show’s trainers, Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels, appeared SHOCKED, but not in a good way. Bob looks like he’s wincing. Jillian stops clapping and mouths “Oh my god..”


For the most part, The Biggest Loser has received a lot of love from viewers and until last night all that love and positivity had successfully drowned out years of skepticism from medical professionals and horror stories from former contestants (including one contestant’s assertion that the show’s grueling demands gave her an eating disorder.) And by the look of Rachel Frederickson’s before and after photos, that claim might actually be pretty believable.

What do you think? 

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