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'Biggest Loser' controversy: Did winner Rachel Frederickson lose too much weight?

Updated: 2014-02-05T18:51:59Z


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"Biggest Loser" contestant Rachel Frederickson was 260 pounds when she began her journey on the NBC show. In the finale of the 15th season, the 24-year-old weighed in at just 105 pounds, losing almost 60 percent of her body weight.

"I feel amazing. I feel truly alive and just transformed," she told E! News at the finale. "I couldn't be more happy, more thankful to get this second chance to take charge of my life again."

Frederickson attributed her weight gain to a failed relationship, one that she gave up a full swimming scholarship for to follow her then-boyfriend to Europe. When the relationship ended, Frederickson said she gained more than 100 pounds and used food to mask her pain and regret.

The former competitive swimmer was named the winner of the "Biggest Loser" Tuesday night and earned the $250,000 prize money, but viewers seemed more concerned with her extreme weight loss.

After Frederickson was announced the winner, the camera caught the reaction of "Biggest Loser" trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels, who also seemed shocked at the contestant's thin frame.

What do you think? Did "Biggest Loser" winner Rachel Frederickson lose an unhealthy amount of weight?

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