Season 10 winner Patrick House, who started the show at 424 and now weighs 220, told People, "She did what she had to do. Rachel's transformation was like any 'Biggest Loser' contestant. She had to do the best that she possibly could, and at the end of the day, there's a carrot dangling that's a quarter of a million dollars up for grabs."
Ali Vincent, the winner of Season 5, agrees. She told the mag, "I think she chose to win."
The former contestant, who once weighed 234 pounds, explained, "I know what it's like. I gave it every single thing I had. I was working out from 10 in the morning to 2 in the morning. Is that healthy? No! But it's a conscious adult decision to win. I weighed 122 lbs. [at the finale]. I took a drink of water and I gained weight back."
Season 11 winner Olivia Ward is upset that the public is labeling Rachel as “anorexic.”
"Whether it's a healthy weight or not, it's not okay for people to put words on her like anorexic. That's disgusting. You're diagnosing without knowing her story," Ward said. "I feel so bad for her because it really robbed her of a special moment in her life."