Social media is still buzzing about Biggest Loser winner Rachel Frederickson’s appearance on the reality series’ finale. The former competitive swimmer dropped nearly 60 percent of her body weight, but many felt her 105-pound frame looked too thin. Indeed, according to the national body mass index calculator, Frederickson’s 155-pound weight loss makes her slightly underweight.
Still, Rachel Frederickson insisted on Wednesday that she is not too skinny. In fact, she emphasized her desire to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
"First and foremost, my goals are to be healthy and strong," she said during a conference call. "I'm an athlete and have been an athlete since I was a little girl. I went on the Biggest Loser journey to find that confidence that I lost. Through the challenges I fought to get into the finale, I found that girl again. I'm embracing this new part of the journey. I followed the advice and support of the medical team at the Biggest Loser the entire journey. So it's been natural, and I've enjoyed every part of it. I'm going to continue on that path, maintaining this healthy lifestyle and really just enjoy this new life.”
Still, many accused the Biggest Loser winner of being too thin or even having an eating disorder. But Rachel Frederickson denied this speculation, telling reporters on Wednesday that she eats 1,600 calories a day.
“I followed The Biggest Loser exercise and healthy eating routine, so I actually eat five times a day because it's better for your metabolism,” she said. “I eat a protein in every meal, and then when I had down time, my butt was in the gym!”
Watch video of winner Rachel Frederickson at the Biggest Loser finale.
Also this week, Rachel Frederickson’s television trainers responded to the criticism that the Biggest Loser winner was too thin. In the early stages of the season, Frederickson primarily worked out with Dolvett Quince as a member of his red team. Quince supported the former swimmer in a Facebook post. However, he did somewhat imply that Rachel Frederickson is too skinny.
“Last night's Biggest Loser Finale has sparked a huge reaction and I do not want the day to end without addressing it,” Quince wrote. “Biggest Loser is a journey which has its ups and downs. Please try not to look at one slice of Rachel's journey and come to broad conclusions. Rachel's health is and always has been my main concern and her journey to good health has not yet ended!!”
Fellow Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels also posted a statement on her Facebook page on behalf of herself and trainer Bob Harper. But the two did not comment on whether Rachel Frederickson is too skinny.
“Bob and I want to take a moment to congratulate all of the BL contestants on their hard work,” she wrote. “We're not comfortable commenting on Rachel’s journey because weren't her trainers and weren't given an opportunity to work with her at any point. Any questions about the contestants on the Biggest Loser should be directed to the show’s producers.”
Those producers, Shine America, released a vague statement with NBC about the Biggest Loser controversy. But this statement also did not discuss whether the winner was too thin.
"We support Rachel and all of the Biggest Loser contestants who have shared their journeys over the past 15 seasons," the joint statement read. "We remain committed to helping contestants achieve healthy weight loss and live healthier lifestyles, and to inspiring viewers to do the same.”