'Biggest Loser' winner addresses eating disorder controversy

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"Biggest Loser" winner Rachel Frederickson went from 260 pounds at the start of season 15 down to just 105 pounds on finale night. The dramatic transformation earned her the win, but it also earned shocked reactions from fans and even the show's trainers. Now Frederickson admits she might have gone too far in an effort to win.

"Maybe I was a little too enthusiastic in my training to get to the finale," the 24-year-old told People in the wake of the controversy.

Despite that, Frederickson maintains that she didn't exactly sacrifice her health for the win.

"I am very, very healthy," she said when asked if she had an eating disorder.

Still, Frederickson's own trainer, Dolvett Quince, told the magazine he was surprised when he saw her moments before her record-breaking win.

"The first thing that went through my mind was, 'That's just too much,' " he said.

He wasn't the only trainer who was taken aback. On finale night, "Biggest Loser" vets Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels weren't able to hide their shock when Frederickson walked out.

Poor+Rachel.+She+looks+way+too+skinny.+She+doesn't+even+look+24+anymore!+These+are+concerned+faces+#biggestloser+pic.twitter.com/whpvbq858z

—+Kelli+French+(@KFrench13)+February+5,+2014+

Harper explained his reaction in a interview set to air on Thursday's "Rachel Ray Show."

"What people don't understand is, when the contestants leave to go home ... they're in charge of themselves. So, I had not seen her until that night, and so when she walked out, I was just kind of like, 'Whoa!' And I’ve been on the show since the beginning, forever," he explained. "I was stunned. That would be the word. I mean, we've never had a contestant come in at 105 pounds."

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    Starting weight: 260 lbs.
    Finale weight: 105 lbs.
    Lost: 155 lbs., 59.62% of body weight

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    Finale weight: 144 lbs.
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    The 41-year-old from New York became the at-home champ and took the $100,000 prize.

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    Starting weight: 409 lbs.
    Finale weight: 187 lbs.
    Lost: 222 lbs., 54.28% of body weight

    The 43-year-old project manager came in second place.

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    Starting weight: 358 lbs.
    Finale weight: 170 lbs.
    Lost: 188 lbs., 52.51% of body weight

    The 29-year-old lawyer from Chicago finished in third place.

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    Starting weight: 249 lbs.
    Finale weight: 138 lbs.
    Lost: 111 lbs., 44.58% of body weight

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    Starting weight: 385 lbs.
    Finale weight: 223 lbs.
    Lost: 162 lbs., 42.08% of body weight

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    Starting weight: 241 lbs.
    Finale weight: 146 lbs.
    Lost: 95 lbs., 39.42% of body weight

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    Starting weight: 266 lbs.
    Finale weight: 162 lbs.
    Lost: 104 lbs., 39.10% of body weight

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    Starting weight: 297 lbs.
    Finale weight: 183 lbs.
    Lost: 114 lbs., 38.38% of body weight

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    Starting weight: 356 lbs.
    Finale weight: 223 lbs.
    Lost: 133 lbs., 37.36% of body weight

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    Starting weight: 250 lbs.
    Finale weight: 163 lbs.
    Lost: 87 lbs., 34.80% of body weight

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    Tanya Winfield
    Starting weight: 262 lbs.
    Finale weight: 175 lbs.
    Lost: 87 lbs., 33.21% of body weight

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    Starting weight: 351 lbs.
    Finale weight: 255 lbs.
    Lost: 96 lbs., 27.35% of body weight

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    Starting weight: 462 lbs.
    Finale weight: 343 lbs.
    Lost: 119 lbs., 25.76% of body weight

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    Starting weight: 403 lbs.
    Finale weight: 322 lbs.
    Lost: 81 lbs., 20.10% of body weight

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But it wasn't a surprise to everyone. "Biggest Loser" executive producer Dave Broome told People that the show closely monitored Frederickson throughout her weight-loss journey.

"Rachel passed all the required medical tests ensuring she was healthy," he assured.

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