Jillian Michaels Speaks Out On Contestant's Dramatic Weight Loss

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  • When Rachel Frederickson took the stage 155 pounds lighter than her debut weight on The Biggest Loser, Jillian Michaels wore a look on her face as if she were viewing the burning down of her house. Her look of shock and awe mixed with a tablespoon of confusion was matched only by the look on Bob Harper’s face, another trainer on the show.

    Members of the viewing audience, as well as some former contestants, did a bit of jaw dropping themselves. There seems to be some shared opinions out there that Rachel Frederickson lost too much weight too fast and although she claims to feel fit as the proverbial fiddle, there are a number of people who have remarked that she sure doesn’t look it. Words like bulimic, anorexic, and emaciated are being tossed around.  

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    Jillian Michaels broke her silence on the matter a few days ago, telling HuffPost Live that she was stunned and thought that Frederickson had lost too much 

    She went on to add that she felt the show had failed the contestant, pointing out that the “checks and balances” meant to keep contestants from taking things too far had cracked. She also stated that people who lose too much weight or gain too much weight may have emotional problems that they manage with food.

    Yet another of the show’s trainers, Dolvett Quince, also seems to have a  question or two regarding Frederickson’s appearance. He maintains that, 
    “We’re going to get her healthy. She’s going to be alright.”  As opposed to possibly being currently unhealthy and not alright, I would imagine. Still in all, the sentiment among those who profit from obesity as a game show is touching.

    The Biggest Loser
    The Biggest Loser has been raising eyebrows for some time now. While some may believe that the reward for weight loss is a healthier lifestyle, increased longevity, and improved self-esteem, others believe that a $250,000 prize is pretty good too.


    Weight loss is best when it is apportioned in modest, but consistent amounts over a period of time. When there is $250,000 on the table, modest apportioned consistent amounts can go out the window as the game plan changes to full speed ahead.

    One former contestant has shared about contestants dehydrating themselves by engaging in excessive workouts while wearing multiple layers of warm clothes, drinking only coffee because it is a diuretic, and scarcely eating at all.

    Jennifer J. Thomas, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and co-director of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts Hospital, believes that The Biggest Loser teaches improper dieting. She points out that a person who follows a restricted calorie diet and works out for six hours daily might raise concerns about having an eating disorder.


    Rachael Frederickson says she is perfectly healthy and did not starve herself to take off the weight. Although she did tell People magazine she might have pushed herself a little too hard while training for the finale. She also says that she has gained back fifteen pounds and is no longer dieting or engaging in intense workouts. 

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Published On: March 06, 2014