Trainers’, producers’, winner’s damning reactions to Biggest Loser’s weight loss

After her record-setting weight loss was revealed Tuesday night, Biggest Loser winner Rachel Fredrickson talked to reporters, and the show’s three trainers all weighed in. Not one of them defended her weight loss as healthy.

Her trainer, Dolvett Quince, wrote on Facebook,

“Last night’s Biggest Loser Finale has sparked a huge reaction and I do not want the day to end without addressing it. Biggest Loser is a journey which has its ups and downs. Please try not to look at one slice of Rachel’s journey and come to broad conclusions. Rachel’s health is and always has been my main concern and her journey to good health has not yet ended!!”

In other words: she’s not yet healthy.

However, Rachel “continually avoided the direct question of whether or not she’s too thin on a call with reporters,” TV Guide reports. Instead, Rachel said, “I eat five times a day [and] I eat 1600 calories. We are given a calorie budget and I stuck to that. I followed the advice and support of the medical team at The Biggest Loser the entire journey and I’m going to continue on the path and maintain the healthy lifestyle.” When someone pressed her on it, Rachel said, “I’m extremely proud of the way I lost the weight on the show, I did everything so naturally. … My body is going to balance and find its rhythm with maintenance and it’ll be perfect.”

On other words: it’s not yet “perfect.”

Finally, Bob and Jillian released a joint statement that said:

“Jillian and I want to take a moment to congratulate all of the BL contestants on their hard work. We’re not comfortable commenting on Rachel’s journey because we weren’t her trainers and weren’t given an opportunity to work with her at any point. Any questions about the contestants on The Biggest Loser should be directed to the show’s producers.”

That is, shall we say, not a vote of confidence.

So let’s see what the producers have to say. NBC and The Biggest Loser‘s production company, Shine America, said in a joint statement to People:

“We support Rachel and all of The Biggest Loser contestants who have shared their journeys over the past 15 seasons. We remain committed to helping contestants achieve healthy weight loss and live healthier lifestyles, and to inspiring viewers to do the same.”

In other words: We’re not going to actually respond to this controversy at all. Hey, look, there’s a shiny thing over there that you should look.

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