The Biggest Loser has seen a lot of controversy over the dramatic weight loss by contestant Rachel Frederickson, and many are saying the NBC show needs to take a long hard look at how it treats its contestants. According to E! News, producers are now considering some “small but significant tweaks” to the series’ production.
A source connected to NBC‘s The Biggest Loser told E! News that the show is planning to include more support for its contestants, along with check-ins for them after they shoot the final episode of each season.
These alleged changes would come after the weight loss controversy that surrounds season 15 winner, Rachel Frederickson, who lost a total of 155 pounds. While to some that may be a huge accomplishment, others are saying that it is unhealthy. At the beginning of the season, Frederickson weighed in at about 260 pounds. After the final weigh-in, she was a measly 105 pounds. An earlier report by The Inquisitr stated that Frederickson lost nearly 60 percent of her total body weight, which many find very unhealthy for the 5’4″ woman.
While NBC has yet to confirm or deny these possible changes to the series’ production, the source told E! News that with these new changes, “There might be more focus on what happens to the winner after they are supposedly done with the show.”
Past winners of The Biggest Loser have started to weigh in on this controversy, many saying that she did what she had to do to win according to People. “She did what she had to do,” says season 10 winner Patrick House, who once tipped the scales at 424 lbs. and currently weighs 220.
“Rachel’s transformation was like any Biggest Loser contestant,” says House. “She had to do the best that she possibly could, and at the end of the day, there’s a carrot dangling that’s a quarter of a million dollars up for grabs.”
Season 11 winner, Olivia Ward told People that the most upsetting part of this whole season 15 weight loss controversy is that people are making the accusations that Rachel Frederickson is suffering from an eating disorder.
“Whether it’s a healthy weight or not, it’s not okay for people to put words on her like anorexic. That’s disgusting. You’re diagnosing without knowing her story,” says Ward. “I feel so bad for her because it really robbed her of a special moment in her life.”
What kind of changes do you believe that NBC‘s The Biggest Loser needs to make in order to insure safe weight loss for their contestants?
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