There has been no shortage of controversy since “The Biggest Loser” became a hit show. Many viewers found it to be inspiring or at least entertaining to watch, but I`m sure the contestants went through a difficult psychological experiment, that left their bodies (as well as minds) traumatized for life.
Rachel Frederickson was one of the most remembered contestant who won for losing 155 pounds and battled “alleged eating disorder.” For the season finale she went from 260 to 105 pounds which was very alarming. One of the trainers, Jillian Michaels, left after the season ended after working on the show for 10 years. His reaction to Frederickson’s alarming weight loss was much discussed.
Frederickson’s trainer, Dolvett Quince, was blamed by both Michaels and fellow trainer Bob Harper for pushing Frederickson far beyond the limits of safe weight loss just to win the competition.
What happened to her is actually the worst case scenario for long term weight loss. According to Dr. Kevin Hall, a metabolism expert at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, her metabolism was completely wrecked. The same happened to other contestants and many of them gained their weight back and in some cases gained even more. People around them found it hard to believe that something extreme has happened to their bodies.
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