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"Biggest Loser" Raises Questions About Healthy Weight Loss

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After a grand finale in Tuesday nights 'Biggest Loser' show, one woman stepped on the scale and showed she had dropped more than half her body weight.

But the new, tiny figure for the Minnesota native has people asking if it's healthy to lose that much weight in a short period of time.

"It's fun to see the transformations, but when you see that dramatic of a transformation it's a little concerning." says Rob Bernhardt who saw the photos online.

5'4'' Rachel Frederickson is now only 105 pounds, a weight many commented on social media after her incredible loss.

"I think she looked so thin because she was 260 and then went to 105, it was just a shock." says Courts Plus Group Fitness Director Jodi Roper. "She was getting bashed at 260 and now she's getting bashed at 105."

She and other fitness instructors say the number isn't something people should be focusing on.

"There's a lot of factors to put in when you are talking about an ideal weight, you need to look at their bone structure, you need to look at their height, there's just so much more that goes into it than just a number." Jodi says.

One of the biggest things she points out was this is a TV show that had a large amount of money weighing in on contestants shoulders.

"That would be incredibly motivating," Rob agrees, "at the end of the day she's going to want to win that prize, and potentially whatever means it might take."

Jody says many past contestants do gain some weight back after the show, but if it has become a problem she says the best thing to do is encourage her to get help.

"If she has a problem let's address it, let's be her support system, let's not judge her, let's just support her." Jodi says.

She promotes people to learn healthy habits and above all be happy with yourself.

"Kudos to her for doing it." Jodi adds.

February is National Eating Disorder Awareness month. To find ways to help someone you know who may have an eating disorder visit their web site, just click here.
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