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Biggest Loser Host Defends 'Slim' Contestant Weighing 78kg

Fiona Falkiner has defended the controversial new season of The Biggest Loser: Transformed following criticism of the show for featuring a contestant who is only seven kilograms heavier than the average Aussie woman.

Nikki is one of 16 contestants appearing on the reality show, but some viewers were outraged when it was revealed she weighs just 78 kilos

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Biggest Loser: Transformed contestant Nikki

Falkiner, who first came to prominence when she appeared on The Biggest Loser back in 2006, had this to say:

“When I was a contestant I was one of the lightest they’d ever had,"

“I got that criticism, and I was young too like her. I realised if I didn’t make changes when I did, I could potentially now weigh 150 kilos, and be a sad, no self confidence person”

“When people say she isn’t big enough, her mental state is so important. This season we’re taking the focus off it being about the numbers on the scale, it’s focusing on having a total transformation of the mind, body and soul”

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Falkiner in 2006

As well as the controversy over Nikki's appearance, the show is currently struggling in the ratings.

The third episode of the series — the first without regular co-hosts Michelle Bridges and Steve “Commando” Willis — pulled in just 387,000 viewers last week..

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Fiona Falkiner

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