Jillian Michaels said she was “stunned’ that season 15’s Biggest Loser winner Rachel Frederickson had lost a staggering 155 pounds by the time the show reached its finale. In a recent Skype interview Michaels gave to HuffPost Live she said:
“Nobody told me like, ‘Oh hey, Rachel is very, very thin.’ Bob [Harper] and I had no idea. Nobody had told us. Nobody had said anything to us. So yes, I was stunned. Obviously I thought she had lost too much weight.”
In the finale, which was broadcast live on February 4, Jillian Michaels and her fellow trainer looked shocked when Frederickson revealed her new, extremely thin figure. They could even be seen mouthing the words “Oh my God” on camera.
She continued with her HuffLive interview adding:
“I was immediately concerned and wondering how this happened. In my opinion, this had fallen through those checks and balances. With that said, anybody who gains too much weight or loses too much weight, ironically these are manifestations of the same issue.
It simply means that somebody is utilizing their relationship with food to manage emotions that are painful, hard, difficult to face or control.”
There is no question that Jillian Michaels was shocked by the huge weight loss that the show’s winner went through to achieve her victory on the Biggest Loser. The issue certainly throws up other moral questions, such as: is it right for TV enterprises to essentially exploit contestants, raising the stakes ever higher and thus the pressure to lose weight?
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