It has been a while since we've seen a new episode of "The Biggest Loser." Even before it went off the air, the show was surrounded by controversy. Rachel Frederickson, a former Biggest Loser winner, had come under fire for her frail appearance at the season 15 Biggest Loser finale (she went from 260 to 105). Frederickson herself said she was very enthusiastic about the finale, and over-trained. She has since gained 20 pounds and is at her "perfect weight."
Season 3 contestant Kai Hibbard has been very outspoken about what allegedly happened to her while on the show. She claims she stopped menstruating, developed an eating disorder, and had difficulty sleeping.
With the amount of people who have come forward and shared complications they've suffered on the show, many have wondered if the people behind-the-scenes are administering drugs to help contestants lose weight.
NBC has launched an investigation into the claims, many of which are geared toward Dr. Rob Huizenga (Dr H). People are saying that he gave contestants "yellow jackets (contains ephedra)," Adderall, and forced contestants to eat baking soda, in order to "rig" weigh-ins.
Season 2 contestant Suzanne Mendonca stated that 5 people from her season had to be rushed to the hospital, and that Dr. H did nothing to prevent what sent the contestants to the hospital.
Dr. H has been quick to silence those who are speaking out against him. He has filed a defamation lawsuit against the New York Post, and has mentioned NBC in the suit. NBC has launched an investigation to see if the claims against the show have merit.
The show last aired in 2016. However, it was never officially canceled.
The show is known for helping people drop massive amounts of weight in a period of time. Contestants work their tail of to become their season's "Biggest Loser."
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