The cover story for People magazine this week is an interview with Biggest Loser contestant Rachel Fredrickson, who told the magazine that she might have gone a little overboard with her decision to workout basically all day, everyday leading up to the finale.
People reports that Frederickson was "overwhelmed by the negativity" that came her way after her dramatic weight loss was revealed. However:
"Maybe I was a little too enthusiastic in my training to get to the finale," she tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week's cover story.
Asked point blank whether she has an eating disorder, she replies, "I am very, very healthy."
In a video interview with Senior Editor Michelle Tan, Tan explained that reporter Patrick Gomez told her that when the interview took place three days after the finale, Frederickson looked "much more healthy, she looked like she had a little bit more of a glow to her."
"She really was taking responsibility for the fact that maybe she was 'too enthusiastic' about her workout," Tan said, adding that Frederickson's trainer Dolvett Quince wants to work with her on "finding a balance" for her fitness routine. That means going from working out six hours a day to 90 minutes a day.
People has a long history with The Biggest Loser; they routinely publish cover stories on contestants and host Allison Sweeney has a weekly blog on the site about each episode. But on Monday, People put up a post outlining the ways NBC can "fix" the show. Suggestions ranged from toning down the workouts during taping so contestants lose weight more gradually to having trainers provide more support to contestants at home.
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