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A day after Rachel Frederickson won the latest season of "The Biggest Loser," after shedding nearly 60 percent of her body ...
weight, attention wasn't focused on her $250,000 win - but rather the criticism surrounding her loss. (Feb. 6)
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SHOTLIST:NBC HANDOUT - AP CLIENTS ONLY - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLYCOURTESY: NBC1. UPSOUND from episode of The Biggest Loser2. Various photos of Biggest Loser contestant/winner Rachel FredricksonAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYSt. Paul, Minnesota - February 6, 20143. SOUNDBITE (English) Jillian Lampert, Senior Director of The Emily Program: (Transcript Below)NBC HANDOUT - AP CLIENTS ONLY - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY4. Various photos of Biggest Loser contestant/winner Rachel FredericksonVOICE-OVER SCRIPT:SOUNDUP: "The winner of today's triathlon will be automatically a finalist and weigh in for the grand prize of a quarter of a million dollars and the title of the Biggest Loser"THE LATEST WINNER OF THE 'BIGGEST LOSER' IS FACING SOME CRITICISM IN THE AFTERMATH OF HER STUNNING TRANSFORMATION.FIVE-FOOT-FOUR RACHEL FREDERICKSON SHED NEARLY 60-PERCENT OF HER BODY WEIGHT TO CLAIM THE TITLE... AND 250-THOUSAND DOLLARS.SHE DROPPED FROM 260 TO 105 POUNDS... UNDER THE SHOW'S RIGOROUS EXERCISE AND DIET REGIMEN... BUT ALSO WHILE AT HOME ON HER OWN BEFORE THE FINALE.SOCIAL MEDIA LIT UP WITH POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE REACTIONS TO FREDERICKSON'S FINAL WEIGH-IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT... WITH SOME saying SHE LOOKED ANOREXIC.THE DIRECTOR OF AN EATING DISORDER PROGRAM IN MINNESOTA SAYS THE CONVERSATION NEEDS TO BE RE-DIRECTED:SOUNDBITE (English) Jillian Lampert, Senior Director of The Emily Program: "I think really we're missing the point entirely. That it's not about weight, it's not about numbers on the scale, despite the fact that the numbers are flashing everywhere on that show, it's really not about the number on the scale, it's about how we feel about ourselves."FREDERICKSON WAS A CHAMPIONSHIP SWIMMER IN HIGH SCHOOL IN MINNESOTA. SHE SAYS SHE TURNED TO SWEETS FOR SOLACE AFTER A FAILED ROMANCE AND GAINED THE WEIGHT OVER SEVERAL YEARS.NBC RELEASED A STATEMENT, SAYING THEY SUPPORT RACHEL AND ALL THE 'BIGGEST LOSER' CONTESTANTS OF THE PAST 15 SEASONS. AND REMAIN COMMITTED TO HELPING CONTESTANTS AND VIEWERS LIVE HEALTHIER LIVES.HANNAH BUCHDAHL/ASSOCIATED PRESS