Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

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

Author:

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.

Next Up

Kirill Kaprizov

Kirill Kaprizov's slow start is a thing of the past

A potential sophomore slump has been erased with a three-point night against the Devils..

mpd aldi incident screengrab

Video shows MPD officer grab, throw Aldi customer

The department says the matter was referred to the Office of Police Conduct Review.

US Sec Defense Flickr - Joe Bide Nov 11 2021

Biden lays out wintertime plan to curb COVID's spread

It comes as the U.S. reported its second case of the omicron variant.

Willow River DOC

MN Dept. of Corrections offering $5K bonuses as it seeks to hire 200

The DOC is offering hiring bonuses for new employees and for referrals.

covid

3rd federal medical team to join COVID-19 fight in Minnesota

There are more than 1,500 people with COVID-19 admitted to Minnesota hospitals.

hospital, emergency room

Driver killed after other motorist crosses into opposite lane

The head-on crash occurred early Thursday, just north of the Twin Cities.

shot clock

MSHSL approves shot clock for Minnesota varsity basketball

Shot clocks will be required at all varsity games beginning in 2023-24.

Redmons Popcorn Colbert screengrab

Popcorn shop featured on 'The Late Show' has to close 2 days later

A county inspection after the national TV appearance found code violations.

Related