NBC’s the Biggest Loser is often called “weight loss porn” by its critics and fans alike. The show, which shows morbidly obese contestants struggling through grueling workouts to drop astonishing amounts of weight in a matter of days, is a ratings powerhouse for the network. But while many enjoy watching the show, the latest Biggest Loser champ is causing quite an uproar.
Last night, 24-year-old Rachel Frederickson claimed the Biggest Loser crown dropping a startling 155-pounds (nearly 60% of her body weight) in seven-months to reach her final weight of just 105-pounds.
Frederickson took home the $250,000 grand prize, securing her 15-minutes of fame. While celebrity trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels cheered for the former competitive swimmer as she debuted her svelte body, many viewers wondered if Frederickson was just too thin.
At the beginning of the show Frederickson said she’d packed on 100 extra pounds and could no longer recognize herself. But her dramatic transformation shocked many in the fitness community who questioned whether or not she was too skinny.
The Los Angeles Times reported on the reaction to Frederickson’s win:
Many viewers have taken to Twitter to express their fears that Frederickson has become too thin, and to call on the show and the network to address concerns that the weight loss was too extreme:
Though some were critical of Frederickson’s dramatic transformation, others argued that she was just a shrewd game player and can now put on a few pounds to be healthier.
Whatever side of the debate you fall on, the latest Biggest Loser champion has once again ignited an interesting conversation about health and fitness.