Losing Battle: Looking at weight loss from all perspectives

02/17/14 by Rennie Detore

Rachel Frederickson probably doesn't mind being called a "loser." She might, however, take homage with being called a "cheater."
Controversy abounded upon this year's "Biggest Loser" finale when Frederickson revealed her final weight at a staggering 105 pounds, prompting speculation that her weight loss may not have all been thanks to the long running NBC reality television show.
That 105 weight in was 155 pounds less than her original starting weight, the definition of drastic when it comes to weight loss.

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Frederickson quickly defended her weight loss and said that she ate a certain number of calories without fail and exercised like crazy. That regimen, in conjunction with the expert trainers and exercise all the time mentality on the "Biggest Loser," seems like a recipe for success. Those who are scrutinizing the situation on the more pessimistic side are stating that Frederickson and her weight loss might be more than just smoke and mirrors of reality TV and border on anything from starvation to spending way too much time exercising.
Frederickson will tell anyone who will listen that she has never felt better, and assures that her weight loss is the product of hard work and not shortcuts.
At least for now, you should take Frederickson at her word. It would incredibly easy, however, to suggest that Frederickson stood to gain by losing. Winning "The Biggest Loser" competition is equal parts satisfaction and windfall, the latter in the form of a $250,000 prize.
To suggest that Frederickson pulled out all the stops to win that money overshadows the notion that she actually wanted to lose the weight to stay healthier and live longer. Obesity is an epidemic, and Frederickson did something that millions of other people would have loved to do, and that is lose weight and change their life for the better.
Is society so incredibly cynical to assume that weight loss of dramatic proportions has to somehow be besmirched? Apparently, yes.
The producers of "The Biggest Loser" didn't do the situation or Frederickson any favors when asked about her weight loss, and returning with a statement that is broad rhetoric with no substance or, more importantly, a direct answer.
Had they talked openly about Frederickson specifically and assured the masses that "The Biggest Loser" is about changing the lives of individuals for the better, and pointing to Frederickson as just another example of the good work the show does, would have done more to quell the situation than allow it to bloom. Even the other trainers, the ones who didn't work with Frederickson, seemed hesitant to comment about what she had done as part of the show.
Leaving Frederickson to fend off pundits is hardly the way you want to send your show's "champion" off stage and into the mouths of the media.
Especially if what she did was totally the product of putting in time, effort and seeing renowned results.

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