Has the newly crowned winner of The Biggest Loser lost too much?
Following last night’s finale of the weight-loss reality competition show, the resounding answer seems to be yes.
In last night’s big conclusion, in which contestant Rachel beat out fellow Losers Bobby and David for the title, the winner’s 105-pound frame seemed to immediately raise some eyebrows — including those of trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper, based on this reaction shot captured by a viewer:
On the show, Rachel, a voice-over actress from Los Angeles, lost a whopping 155 pounds, whittling herself from 260 to 105. At 5-foot 4-inches, that would put Rachel’s body mass index — a measure used by many doctors as an indicator of a healthy weight range — below the recommended line.
NBC said it had no statement.
EW commenters, however, immediately lit up last night’s recap with their thoughts, most agreeing with the sentiment that Rachel appeared too thin. Commenter Arnold said, “This made me so sad. Rachel looked beautiful at 150 pounds. I expected her to end up in the 120s. The girl who came out last night looked frail and sick, not like an athlete.” Twitter also had strong thoughts.
Meanwhile, commenter Cory was also concerned but knew at least one person who disagreed, “I thought Rachel looked terrible, however my girlfriend thought she looked great. I’m still trying to figure that out.”
Rachel appeared on the Today show this morning to talk about her win, but did not address the uproar. See the clip below.