Social Media 'Erupts' When the Winner of NBC's 'The Biggest Loser' Is Announced Washington Post
"A day after Rachel Frederickson won the latest season of 'The Biggest Loser,' after shedding nearly 60 percent of her body weight, attention wasn’t focused on her $250,000 win -- but rather the criticism surrounding her loss," reported The Washington Post yesterday, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.
The story says, "The 5-foot-4, 24-year-old Frederickson dropped from 260 pounds to 105 under the show’s rigorous exercise and diet regimen -- but also time spent on her own before the finale. ... Frederickson’s newly thin frame lit up Twitter on Wednesday, with many viewers pointing to the surprised expressions on the faces of trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper during the show’s Tuesday night finale. Many tweeted that Frederickson looked anorexic and unhealthy, while others congratulated her for dropping 155 pounds."
The article also notes, "Frederickson’s body mass index, a measure of height and weight, is below the normal range, said Jillian Lampert, senior director of the Emily Program, an eating disorder treatment program based in St. Paul, Minn. But she said the criticism directed against Frederickson isn’t helpful. 'As a society we often criticize people for being at higher weights -- that’s part of why we have the TV show "The Biggest Loser" -- and then we feel free to criticize lower weight,' Lampert said."