Expert weighs in on ‘Biggest Loser’ champion’s dramatic transformation


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Social media is buzzing with comments about the most recent winner of NBC’s show “The Biggest Loser.”  24-year-old Rachel Fredickson who’s 5′ 5″ and first weighed in at 260 pounds whittled down to 105 pounds.  Some are calling her anorexic and unhealthy, but NewsChannel 15 wanted to know what professionals here in Fort Wayne have to say about her.

“People shouldn’t be so quick to judge,” Founder of Fort Wayne’s Smallest Winner Rick Walter’s said.

A day after Rachel Fredrickson won the latest season of ‘The Biggest Loser,’ people flooded social media with comments about her transformation.  Most negative, with people concerned about her health.  But the founder of Fort Wayne’s Smallest Winner, Rick Walters, feels differently.

“I trust that she was healthy that day. She wasn’t in danger even though it may not be a way that she wants to maintain for the rest of her life. I trust that she was healthy, and you truly can’t tell how healthy a person is by a picture.”

Walters and his wife Tina created Fort Wayne’s Smallest Winner and based it off the show ‘The Biggest Loser.’  But Smallest winner has its differences, one being its contestants work with a behaviorist from Lutheran Hospital.  The Walters say working with trainers and nutritionists teaches most how to become healthy and adopt a healthy lifestyle.

“There are actual tests that will tell you you’re healthy or you are at risk and through our program with sound eating and exercise we diminish those risks incredibly.”

After all, you can’t judge how healthy or unhealthy some is by looking at a picture.

“I would venture to say that Rachel is healthier now than she was when she began the program at 260. It’s the inspiration from the show that is changing truly how people look at obesity in America.”

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