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‘Biggest Loser’ criticized for letting winner shed too much weight

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‘Biggest Loser’ criticized for letting winner shed too much weight

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Feb 5, 2014

NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” is being criticized after season 15 winner Rachel Frederickson was revealed last night, and took the stage looking skeletal and emaciated. During the course of the season, Frederickson went from 260 pounds to just 105 pounds. But at 5’4’’ tall, the former competitive swimmer is now underweight, according to standard body mass index calculations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says a person of that height should weigh between 108 and 145 pounds.

Web site Zap2it calls her appearance on the finale “scary and shocking,” and says show trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels reacted with “stunned faces” and “Michaels could be heard muttering ‘oh my God, oh my God' under her breath. Fellow contestant Tanya Winfield . . . looked horrified. Rachel looked gaunt.”
 
As Zap2it reports, “Rachel went from 260 pounds to 150 under the care of a physician at the ranch. Her final weigh-in of 45 pounds below that last night left us wondering: where was the doctor after she left, before the big reveal? Basically, who failed her once she left the ranch and was working, supposedly, on her own?”
 
Frederickson’s prize for winning the show was $250,000.