Jillian Michaels - 'Kick Ball for a Home' Celebrity Kickball Tournament held at University of Southern California (USC), Cromwell Field - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 16th August 2014
Kristen Taekman and Josh Taekman - Jillian Michaels leads Flywheel class to Celebrate the Launch of EBOOST natural energy flavors for SodaStream - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 28th May 2014
Was it really as bad as online commenters made it out to be?
On Tuesday, Rachel Frederickson was declared the winner of Biggest Loser’s fifteenth season, after shedding roughly 60% of her bodyweight. Unfortunately for Frederickson, the new figure and $250 000 prize check came with a hefty dose of criticism online. The 5-foot-4, 24-year-old Frederickson dropped from 260 pounds to 105 under the show’s rigorous exercise and diet regimen, and time spent on her own before the finale, making a lot of people wonder whether that much weight loss in a short amount of time wouldn’t be harmful to the contestant’s health. According to “experts” quoted by the Washington Post, however, the criticism levied against her and increased media attention on her persona could prove more harmful to Frederickson’s health than the rapid weight change.
Even the notoriously demanding Jillian Michaels seemed surprised by Friederickson's sudden change.
According to her bio on the show, Frederickson was a three-time state champion swimmer at Stillwater Area High School in Minnesota, then turned to sweets for solace after a failed romance with a foreign exchange student she followed to his native Germany. It’s not a story seen often outside of romantic comedies, but apparently it’s all true.
Jillian Michaels, Heidi Rhoades and Phoenix Michaels - Fitness guru Jillian Michaels and her partner Heidi Rhoades visit Santa's Cottage with daughter Lukensia and son Phoenix - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 10th December 2013
Jillian Michaels and Lukensia Michaels Rhoades - Jillian Michaels and her daughter, Lukensia enjoy the surf on Miami Beach during Veteren's Day - Miami Beach, Florida, United States - Monday 11th November 2013
The Biggest Loser returned for its new season premiere last night (January 6, 2013), once again giving Americans a guilt-free platform to laugh at really overweight people under the guise of showing their support by watching a show about those trying to lose weight.
Those who watch the show will be fully aware of hard-ass Jillian Michaels, the show’s tough loving host who shouts, belittles and bullies the contestants into shifting those pounds. Michaels took a break last year but appeared to be back to her vitriolic best on Sunday night, with the Huffington Post reporting that she was so tough on day one that she’d thrown three of the five contestants out of the gym. Impressive strength. Jillian’s style of motivation has never been for anyone, and depressingly the first member of the team to leave the show wasn’t even eliminated, with Nikki quitting after being given the ultimatum of doing the work or quitting the show. We can sympathize with Nikki, this was no simple act of laziness; she’s struggled with bulimia and eating disorders in her past and found The Biggest Loser’s emotional battle too much to take on.
TC was the next to follow suit after losing the first weigh-in. He’d lost the lowest percentage of weight on Jillian’s team, bringing a disappointingly premature end to his time on a show that he’d spent two years trying to get on. The good news is he’s reportedly been continuing his weight loss at home. Good on him.