Minnesota native wins 'Biggest Loser'; some reactions to weight loss harsh


Minnesotan Rachel Frederickson won the NBC weight loss challenge "The Biggest Loser" Tuesday night, shedding 155 pounds – nearly 60 percent of her body weight – since the start of the competition, the Pioneer Press reports.

While Frederickson's dramatic transformation was celebrated on the show, some viewers thought she had gone too far.

Frederickson, who graduated a three-time state swimming champion from Stillwater High School, started the reality competition at 260 pounds. She weighed in at 105 pounds at the conclusion of the show to take the grand prize of $250,000.

E! Online says Frederickson is 5 feet 4 inches tall. According to the Mayo Clinic, the suggested healthy weight for women that height is 110-140 pounds, with a with a body mass index (BMI) of 19-24. Frederickson has a reported BMI of 18.

The 24-year-old's transformation began in June, when she trained for 14 weeks at "The Biggest Loser" ranch in California. At that point, she dropped 110 pounds.

Frederickson competed against David Brown of Edmond, Oklahoma, and Bobby Saleem of Chicago for the $250,000 prize. Tuesday night's live show also featured the transformed duo, along with the rest of the contestants in the show's 15th season.

While Frederickson's dramatic transformation was celebrated on the show, some viewers thought she had gone too far. Reactions to Frederickson's win on Twitter were not all positive. Many posts said that Frederickson went too far with her weight loss quest, and that the reality show should start rethinking its priorities.

Some tweets observed the reaction of "The Biggest Loser" trainers.

Entertainment Weekly writer Annie Barrett was perhaps the most critical with her tweet, showing Frederickson along with by a video hologram of herself at her original weight.

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