The Biggest Loser capped off its 15th season Tuesday night. Rachel Frederickson won the competition, as well as $250,000. Normally, the winner of “The Biggest Loser” inspires the show’s followers to get healthy, toned, and fit. However, the looks of trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper after Frederickson stepped on the scale tell a more controversial story.
Frederickson’s weight was 260 pounds when the show aired, and after weeks of hard work on the ranch, she weighed in at 105 pounds in the finale. She lost 155 pounds–that’s 60 percent of her body weight. This is an amazing accomplishment for anyone to achieve, but did she do it in a healthy way?
Jillian, Bob, and Dolvett, especially during the finale, praised the contestants for their commitments to change their lives. They always seem so proud of the contestants’ accomplishments, like a father teaching his son or daughter how to ride a bike for the first time. But Jillian and Bob’s reaction after Frederickson stepped on the scale? Concern, shock, and confusion.
I don’t know exactly what Frederickson’s height is, but I’d guess she’s between 5’4″ and 5’7″, which means her BMI would be around 18. That number shows she is underweight. It’s not only her BMI that gives her away though – just by seeing her on TV she looked rail-thin for the finale. If she got to this point doing things the right way, then by all means good for her. The internet, especially Twitter, has other ideas: anorexia. I hope this girl didn’t leave the ranch and starve herself at home, but when $250,000 is on the line, you never know what some people will do.
This has definitely been one of the more controversial finales of the show, and judging by the reaction on social media, the show itself could require additional rules to prevent future contestants from sparking controversy like this. I will keep watching the show in the future, because the message is still inspiring; seeing people at rock bottom who find the drive to change their lives is pretty powerful. However, Frederickson’s skinny look didn’t inspire others. It only brought concern.