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Biggest Loser’s Rachel Makes Headlines with Her Weight Loss

On Tuesday, February 4th, our own Brandi Koskie tuned into the season finale for “The Biggest Loser” season 15. She was watching the program from her living room, which was unusual—she’s been in the audience at well over half of the past season’s finales. What she saw shocked her, and she’s not alone.


The winner of the contest had lost a shocking 60% of her body weight, reducing her 5’5″ frame to a painfully thin 105 pounds. Although Koskie was one of the first to rally against NBC and the show, telling them they’d gone too far, other news outlets soon followed suit. Winner Rachel Frederickson said she feels “absolutely great”, but this didn’t stop any of the concern for her and criticism for the way the “game” is played.

Here’s just a sampling of what’s being written about the debacle. Obviously this win stirred up a lot of emotion in the public as well as among health experts. We’re hopeful that the next season will have new regulations and rules in place to keep contestants safe and healthy as they compete.

Click below to read more articles on the topic:

A Biggest Loser Controversy: Did Rachel Go Too Far?, The Chicago Sun Times

Did Biggest Loser Champ Shed Too Much Weight?, USA Today

Viewer’s Fear for Loser’s Health, New York Post

The Biggest Loser Goes Too Far, Time magazine

The Biggest Loser Crowns Season 15 Winner, CBS News

People are Freaking Out Over ‘Skeletal’ Biggest Loser Winner, Jezebel

Biggest Loser: Uproar as Winner Appears ‘Too Thin” at 105 Pounds, LA Times

Biggest Loser Controversy: Did Winner Rachel Frederickson Lose Too Much Weight?, Kansas City Star

Photo: NBCU

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February 6th, 2014

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Be aware, that I mean I have nothing against the post; I don't like the extreme weight loss.

Why must people be so critical of her? Really? I can't believe the question was even asked, but, since it has been, I will answer it:

The show, while really a game, is about promoting good health. It is about helping people get over their mental, emotional and physical issues that cause them to be overweight in the first place.

This lady is not someone who has gotten over those issues. She's just went from one form of loss of self control to a different form of it. Her relationship with herself and with food is still warped.

So, she won because, technically, she lost the most weight; but, losing the weight is supposed to be a GOOD thing that means she is healthier, not a scary thing that makes people worry for her life.

People are not being critical of HER. They are being critical of her weight loss. She is not her weight; but, whether too fat or too thin, her weight does reflect her emotional and physical health.

All the comments I have read, except for the very few where the people think she looks good and are helping to keep her unhealthy mindset, are ones that lambast the show and the network and express concern for her.

Personally, I always wanted it to be a show that was more of a documentary, showing people's learning process and recovery - and, then, it could be for people who have anorexia, too. I always thought the game aspect was dangerous because it keeps people in the wrong mindset.

posted Mar 4th, 2014 2:05 am



posted Feb 13th, 2014 11:36 am

sandra blair

I think Rachel did a wonderful job of losing the weight...BUT I also think she went way too far. She looks sick and millions of people watch the show and now I am afraid she is just promoting an unhealthy example to some young people trying to lose weight. I don't think this is the shows fault, I think she just got out of control and couldn't stop.

posted Feb 7th, 2014 5:14 am


This website is being EXTREMELY annoying about this topic. Yes she may have lost a lot of weight, but why must you be so critical of her? She put in the hard work and effort to get to where she is. People who are criticizing her need to stop (including this website.) She set a goal and reached it and we're not going to be proud of her for it? I am proud of her for becoming healthy and not going to be demeaning towards her just because she is "too skinny." Obviously the critics don't appreciate the hard work and are just looking for something to complain about.

posted Feb 6th, 2014 7:17 pm

christine schoup

Although I agree that Rachel looks like she has lost lbs not only in fat but muscle, that is HER journey. This is not the fault of the show that has inspired and reached out to so many people with the message of HEALTHY EATING AND EXERCISE. This is a contest, maybe this contestant went too far, however the show cannot be held responsible for her decisions. It would be good for them to reach out to her and be sure she is maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

posted Feb 6th, 2014 5:30 pm


I think it sucks that Rachel has taken the brunt of the criticism. It's a show based on drastic, competitive weight loss - I'm surprised this is the first time this has happened. I love the BL and have been a fan for a long time, but it might be the time to rethink some of the rules (for starters, you're disqualified if you drop below your minimum BMI). This show is supposed to promote health, not thinness.

posted Feb 6th, 2014 5:30 pm


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