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Biggest Loser too skinny?

NBC’s the Biggest Loser is often called “weight loss porn” by its critics and fans alike. The show, which shows morbidly obese contestants struggling through grueling workouts to drop astonishing amounts of weight in a matter of days, is a ratings powerhouse for the network. But while many enjoy watching the show, the latest Biggest Loser champ is causing quite an uproar.

Last night, 24-year-old Rachel Frederickson claimed the Biggest Loser crown dropping a startling 155-pounds (nearly 60% of her body weight) in seven-months to reach her final weight of just 105-pounds.

Frederickson took home the $250,000 grand prize, securing her 15-minutes of fame. While celebrity trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels cheered for the former competitive swimmer as she debuted her svelte body, many viewers wondered if Frederickson was just too thin.

At the beginning of the show Frederickson said she’d packed on 100 extra pounds and could no longer recognize herself. But her dramatic transformation shocked many in the fitness community who questioned whether or not she was too skinny.

The Los Angeles Times reported on the reaction to Frederickson’s win:

Many viewers have taken to Twitter to express their fears that Frederickson has become too thin, and to call on the show and the network to address concerns that the weight loss was too extreme:

105 pounds? 60% loss? That’s not healthy, by any definition. Hard to celebrate that.@BiggestLoserNBC #BL15 #BLFinale— DietsInReview (@DietsInReview) February 5, 2014

#BLFinale so disappointed in Rachel. Just unbelievable how far she took her weight loss with so many young girls watching her every move.— Cari Steiner (@carijeanne) February 5, 2014

I feel like @nbc should issue a statement tomorrow w/r/t Rachel’s weight loss tomorrow. This is unhealthy and creepy. #blfinale— Christopher (@The_Vole) February 5, 2014

I don’t think I’ve ever been this uncomfortable watching the finale. Rachel just looks so sickly. She shouldn’t be able to win. #BLfinale— Bobby (@Elbobbo87) February 5, 2014

Though some were critical of Frederickson’s dramatic transformation, others argued that she was just a shrewd game player and can now put on a few  pounds to be healthier.

Whatever side of the debate you fall on, the latest Biggest Loser champion has once again ignited an interesting conversation about health and fitness.

What do you think of Frederickson’s dramatic weight loss? 

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