February 09, 2014 02:00 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
Rachel Frederickson experienced some considerable backlash following her recent victory on The Biggest Loser. The champ lost nearly 60 percent of her body weight, tipping the scale at a mere 105 pounds during her final weigh-in. Rachel retains plenty of supporters, however, with fellow winner Olivia Ward warning that it’s time for the critics to back off.
Believe it or not, Rachel Frederickson is not the first Biggest Loser victor to be accused of shedding too much weight. Although the response to season eleven winner Olivia Ward’s transformation was in no way as negative, the Biggest Loser alum certainly knows what it’s like to experience hurtful feedback.
Sharing her thoughts on the controversy with People, Olivia advised Rachel Frederickson critics to remember that the scale reading at the final weigh-in is rarely indicative of what contestants weigh just a week or two later. “I weighed 132 lbs. when I weighed in. I was up 6 to 7 lbs. in a couple of days, and that was just some basic water weight.”
Olivia added that, no matter the nature of Rachel’s weight loss, it wasn’t fair for naysayers to toss around such nasty criticism. “It’s not okay for people to put words on [Rachel] like anorexic. That’s disgusting. You’re diagnosing without knowing her story.” And according to Olivia, by accusing Rachel of having an eating disorder, critics were only “[robbing] her of a special moment in her life.”
Do you agree with Olivia Ward? Is it unfair for Biggest Loser fans to preemptively diagnose Rachel Frederickson with anorexia? Or does condoning Rachel’s allegedly excessive weight loss encourage crash dieting among susceptible teenage viewers? Sound off in the comments section below!
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