When Rachel Frederickson came to the stage near the end of the finale for NBC show “The Biggest Loser” last night, I truly did a double-take.
The 24-year-old from Los Angeles looked thin. And it wasn’t just when they had her stand next to that hologram of herself at the start of the season, a day when Rachel weighed 260 pounds.
Up to that point, I mentally cheered every contestant as they appeared for their final weigh in. They all lost a bunch of weight. Some lost a lot of weight. They all looked fantastic. Packing a few extra pounds myself throughout my 56 years, I’m always glad that these folks have made themselves happier. I think the crash-course in the gym with the show’s three trainers is quite drastic, but I’m all for them learning how to eat better.
But let us come back to Rachel.
She looked too thin to me. I know, that’s putting my personal preferences on her body size, and that makes me uneasy.
Some folks may think that Rachel was absolutely stunning, perfect in a gorgeous gown.
I thought she’d overdid it, the way the skin looked on her face, the way her legs had not an ounce of fat on them.
The camera on the live show panned to trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels. Their shocked faces said much. They were whispering to each other.
Then Rachel got into her workout clothes and stepped on the scale.
The digits stopped rolling at 105 pounds.
This woman had lost 155 pounds, 55.6 percent of her original body weight.
Yes, she won this season’s title, and the $250,000 that went with it.
I hope she is happy at 105 pounds. I hope she can keep healthy.
NBC knows there’s been social discussion about the methods the shows use to guide the contestants through weight loss. They always make sure a doctor appears every season to talk with the participants about health, before and after. And they also like to bring back contestants from previous seasons to show how they’ve kept weight off and are enjoying a healthy life.
To me, though, Rachel is just too thin.
Do you think Rachel Frederickson lost too much weight on “The Biggest Loser” on NBC? Do you think the show’s weight loss methods are good or dangerous?
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