Jillian Michaels, famous trainer for the weight loss competition show "The Biggest Loser," has recently spoken out about the controversy surrounding recent winner, Rachel Frederickson, who lost 60% of her body weight and dropped to an unhealthy 105 pounds.
"I was stunned," Jillian said recently in a Huffington Post interview. "I thought she had lost too much weight. Nobody told me like, 'Oh hey, Rachel is very, very thin.' Bob and I had no idea. I was immediately concerned and wondering how this happened." Jillian also says that Rachel's health could still be in danger. "Anybody who gains too much weight or loses too much weight, these are manifestations of the same issue. It simply means that somebody is utilizing their relationship with food to manage emotions that are painful, hard, difficult to face or control."
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Jillian blames the show's lack of "checks and balances" for Rachel's dramatic change. After contestants leave the ranch, trainers and producers are supposed to keep in touch with contestants and track their progress. Somehow, Rachel "fell through the cracks" and no one bothered to mention that she was reaching a potentially dangerous weight. What does this mean for the future of the show?
Well, producers have recently spoken out and claimed that there will be some "small but significant tweaks" to production of the show. Future seasons will include more at-home support for contestants and frequent check-ins. "There might be more focus on what happens to the winner after they are done with the show," says an E! news source. While dramatic weight loss will always be the focus, producers claim that a post-filming timeframe is now their biggest project moving forward. They show also reminds those concerned over Rachel's dramatic change that their diet and exercise program is highly monitored and supervised by doctors, to ensure that unhealthy weight-loss habits won't transfer to the contestants' at-home lifestyle.
Rachel recently spoke out in People magazine about her dramatic transfer, saying that she was maybe "a little too enthusiastic trying to get to the finale," saying she was exercising for six hours each day during the three-month break before the finale (a habit that went unmonitored by the show). Rachel stresses that she is still "very, very healthy." What do you think about her transformation? Do you agree that the show needs to change its monitoring habits? Let us know!
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