When Rachel Frederickson weighed in at a frail 105 pounds during the Feb. 4 finale of ‘The Biggest Loser,’ viewers (and trainers) instantly became concerned for the 24-year-old’s health. However, a candid new interview with Rachel and the show’s producers reveals a startling truth — Rachel doesn’t think she has a problem.
Rachel Frederickson drew the nation’s concern when she became the first contestant in The Biggest Loser history to end the show underweight. The silver lining is that her 155-pound loss has led to a frank discussion about the show’s practices, but a new interview with People reveals that Rachel herself doesn’t realize that she went too far.
‘Biggest Loser’ Rachel Interview: ‘She Doesn’t Recognize She’s Gone Too Far’
“I am very, very healthy,” Rachel told People days after the finale, when asked about the shock registered on the faces of Biggest Loser trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels during her big reveal.
HollywoodLife.com can confirm that she is not — Jacqueline B. Marcus, Nutritional Consultant to The Dukan Diet and advocate of its True Weight philosophy, told us exclusively that Rachel’s new figure puts her in a technically underweight range.
“Like overweight and obesity, underweight can be defined by the Body Mass Index (BMI), which is a ratio of weight to height,” she said. “The BMI is a fairly reliable indicator of body fatness. For adult men and women 20 years and older, the standard weight status category of underweight is a BMI below 18.5. So someone could be ‘technically underweight’ if they have a BMI under 18.5.”
Rachel’s BMI is currently an 18.0, which puts her significantly below the “normal” BMI range. She did admit to People that “maybe I was a little too enthusiastic in my training to get to the finale,” but she also stated that she worked out six hours a day while only eating 1,600 calories — something that she doesn’t consider to be problematic. (Though, to be fair, she does plan on cutting back her workouts to 90 minutes per day going forward.)
What’s more, a source close to the show tells the mag that some producers were “horrified” by Rachel’s weight loss before her big reveal, but they “honestly thought maybe she’d look okay and no one would notice.” The source adds that Rachel herself “doesn’t seem to recognize she’s gone too far.”
Hopefully Rachel’s former trainer Dolvett Quince will help her get back on her feet — despite releasing a statement on Feb. 6 telling viewers not to “look at one slice of Rachel’s journey and come to broad conclusions,” he admitted to People that he was just as startled as Bob and Jillian when he first saw Rachel.
“I was shocked,” he said. “The first thing that went through my mind was, ‘That’s just too much.'”
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Are you surprised that Rachel still doesn’t think that she went too far?
— Shaunna Murphy, Reporting by Dory Larrabee