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The Biggest Loser's Winners Are Struggling With What The Show Did To Their Bodies


The Biggest Loser has been a subject of controversy since its inception, beginning with the somewhat spiteful jab at its contestants in the title. Though it is inspiring, or at the very least entertaining, for people watching to see contestants make a drastic physical transformation, it is probably a difficult psychological experiment to go through.

One of the most remembered examples of someone crossing a line from "health regimen" to "alleged eating disorder," was the winner of season 15, Rachel Frederickson, who won after losing 155 pounds. Frederickson went from 260 pounds to 105 pounds for the season finale, and the change was alarming. Trainer Jillian Michaels, who had worked on the show for ten years, left soon after the season ended, and her reaction to Frederickson's weight loss was much discussed: