Biggest Loser Winner Rachel Frederickson: “Comments following my weight loss were hurtful”

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A few months back, Biggest Loser winner Rachel Frederickson (24) received a lot of criticism from the media for losing ‘too much weight’ on and after the popular show – 155 pounds to be exact (see the post here!). Now, Rachel is back with a powerful message:

Comments during the controversial storm following my weight loss were hurtful. My self-esteem once again was affected by other people’s voices — this time, the kind that live forever in Facebook posts or written in the pages of magazines. People tried to bring me down and (privately) succeeded. To the voices of those who tried to lift me up after the finale, I thank you!

My question to you is this: What voices will you allow into your life to tell you who you are? Everyone’s voice is powerful. Is your voice going to be one that tears others down or one that lifts this world up with positivity, hope, and love?

Rachel these days, after gaining some weight after the show’s finale:

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24 thoughts on “Biggest Loser Winner Rachel Frederickson: “Comments following my weight loss were hurtful””

  1. Let me just say that she’s looks very good now after gaining a few pounds back. She looked really skinny in the finale, it seemed unhealthy and it probably was. But then again, she won 250k and I think I would’ve done the same because it is a lot of money.

  2. I agree with her about listening to your own voice and understanding its power. However, I was one of the people shocked at her transformation because it seems she went from one extreme to another (and that is never a good thing). Millions of people were watching this, even children who are impressionable and she definitely did not embody an image that was positive. She looked sickly and the weight loss was so drastic, it could not have been healthy. Anyway, I am happy she seems to have reached a happy middle, she looks so much better now. Wishing her the best of luck!

    • People don’t care about her health. If she smokes or she is 400 pounds people don’t care. She has achieved a big change,she is a normal person and surely happier,so probably healthier.
      And stop with this impressionabke kids argument,its ridiculous! What do you think kids are.gonna think? That she lost weight. With all thw wars and ailly magazines and disney channel there is so much more to negatively impressionate kids’ minds. Expecially disney channel.

  3. Here’s an idea: STOP CARING WHAT SOME NOBODIES THINK OF YOU. Like this woman shed some serious weight, and she’s taken back by some random people who say the stupidest sh*t and don’t even know her, at all. If YOU know that YOU DID GREAT, that’s your victory. That’s what you did, if someone says something about it, f*ck them! You can spend all your life whining about mean people or you can stop it and live your awesome life.

  4. It’s incredible how her face radically changed when she lost so much weight. Now that she has gained she’s much prettier facially, just as before the show. It’s like her face structure was made to match a certain amount of body fat.

    Skinnier doesn’t necessarily means prettier.

  5. At her thinnest she looked probably a little thinner than her ideal weight for her frame, but the outrage at her being underweight? Ridiculous. If we’re not going to flip at the average American woman being overweight, then don’t have double standards and decide it’s ok to shame anyone for being underweight because somehow it’s “extremely unhealthy”. In reality most people who are underweight are only 5,10,15, or even 20 pounds underweight. There are tons of people who are 50, 100,150, or even 200 pounds overweight.

  6. I bet if she gained all again now people would be happy. Don’t feed the people,darling!
    They are just scared of what they haven’t achieved,scared of being no smaller than a previously obese girl. They should have just shut up for a moment,for some months, just give her the time to elaborate this and to mantain,gesus, she just lost 155 lb it is a hell of a job.
    She did amazingly,just leave her live for a while and adress herself rather than her body since it got already some attention

    • I swear unless you’re obese people will be worried for your health. Go to this is thin privilege the thin privilege actually refers to average size privilege. Yes the average overweight American woman is now described as thin by some communities

  7. The show isn’t about health, it’s a competition to see who can lose the most weight the fastest, she won the competition. Now it’s over she can focus on health. Anyone who thinks that show is about health is kidding themselves lol it he concept appeals to a diet obsessed society, any person who went to their doctor for help with their obesity would not be encouraged to drop weight that fast. Ps I love the show haha

  8. I guess she’s right, people should think before they speak and be aware that their words can have an impact. It feels much better to be a “lifter”, though most people are not aware this is a thing when it comes to judging famous people, as the popular opinion is: When you’re on TV/the internet it’s open season on you, why should anyone reflect on their choice of words?
    Of course it’s something she will have to deal with, though. I have never followed the show so I don’t know about her personal history, but I’ll just assume she has been judged harshly for being overweight before and it should be clear to any person losing weight that it’s not going to make them be liked by everyone and it’s not going to magically solve their self-esteem issues (maybe on a very superficial level).
    I kind of get where the hate was coming from, people were just shocked by what the show was apparently promoting. No matter what anyone says, I can’t believe that losing this much weight in such a short time and going from overweight to rather gaunt and hard-looking is healthy. Of course being overweight isn’t either, but the pressure the show puts on contestants seems to result in a competition that ceases to be about health. Going that low was absolutely not necessary and even if Rachel was supervised, clearly she had to go to extreme measures which is never a good thing.
    She looks much better these days and a good 5-10 years younger. I hope this hasn’t taken too much of a toll on her mental health and I hope she’ll be able to keep this up. In any case, bravo for the hard work she has put into getting and staying on track.

  9. going from her original weight to a reasonable “normal” weight quickly is not the issue. Its the push from lets say 150 lbs to 105. Of course when people are morbidly obese the weight comes off really fast at first. It is hard to keep losing weight once you hit a healthier weight.

    • Thin like Isabelle Caro, yes that’s absolutely unhealthy. Thin as in any of the thin bodies featured here? Uh no. I’m just pointing out the ridiculous double standard that when we see someone morbidly obese we need to take a second to stop and say wait we can’t say she’s unhealthy, and we see a Victoria’s Secret model and scream OMG she’s anorexic!
      Look the reality is people being overfed is a problem worldwide, there are officially now more overweight people than underweight people in the WORLD. 800 die of obesity daily in the USA alone, the number of people who die from being too thin in comparison? Pretty much negligent.

  10. “no wonder so many girls are suffering from eating disorders”
    Less than one percent of the American population is underweight. Even less suffer from anorexia or bulimia I don’t know the exact statistics but I saw somewhere it’s like 1 in 10,000. Now tell me how many are overweight/obese in America – 2/3 of the population. YES 60-70% of us are overweight. For every girl starving herself to be thin there are way more that are overweight. Even in Japan, it’s a tiny number of people who actually have eating disorders, obesity is also a bigger probelem there and obesity rate is about 3%

  11. That wasn’t my point. I’m saying people treat 10 pounds underweight as WORSE than being 100 yes ONE HUNDRED pounds overweight. It’s ridiculous.

  12. I’m sorry you had to suffer from anorexia, I hope you have recovered or are still recovering. But that doesn’t change my view that obesity is literally a thousand times more threatening to American than anorexia/bulimia is. And about 20 pounds overweight is healthier than 20 pounds underweight? Probably, but I was more pointing out that people treat 20 pounds underweight as being worse than two hundred pounds overweight. Different people have different bodies. Some people have a tiny frame and thin genetics, 20 pounds underweight could be healthy. Some have bigger bones and are more muscular, 20 pounds overweight could be healthy too. BUT under no circumstance is morbid obesity healthy

  13. I don’t think Kyle, or even Kendall are even close to being too thin. The average girl in some Asian countries is thinner than that. It’s like saying the average Asian is an anorexic and unhealthy. When statistics show that those are some of the healthiest people in the world, same cannot be said for Americans. I remember the outrage at Loni Jane’s vegan diet when she was pregnant. If she was morbidly obese and ate a diet of junk, no one would be concerned for her “malnutrition”

  14. i couldn’t agree more! in my opinion she looked better at her lowest right after finale then she does now after gaining back some–sounds like she just bent to peer pressure; its really sad how when someone is actually TONED people consider it unhealthy @[email protected] low body fat percentage actually IS healthier in modern times when extra body fat is unnecessary since we no longer face extreme temperatures…

  15. She was on a weight loss show!!! So the answers to your condescending question is yes, her weight and height were not only stated, but, measured for the entertainment of folks. You are talking out of your ass, it is clear you have no idea what the biggest loser is and what methods it implies. This was not about some journey, this was about her winning a huge amount of money for losing a huge amount of weight as soon as possible.

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