While The Biggest Loser remains one of the most popular TV shows in America, I still hold to my belief that the show does more harm than good, as evidenced by the winner announced last night.
In case you missed it, Jezebel had a great recap. Contestant Rachel Frederickson lost a whopping 155 pounds — going from 260 to 105 pounds in just five months. Losing 60% of her body weight. IN FIVE MONTHS. If that doesn’t scream “unhealthy” to you, I don’t know what does. Continue reading “More beef with The Biggest Loser”
I’ve never been a Biggest Loser addict … I get the whole premise of the show and why so many of my friends dig it, but to me, it has always screamed of extreme dieting/restriction, disordered eating (and thinking) and over-exercising. Considering my history, it’s not surprising I’d feel this way. But I know I’m not alone; a lot of other critics have come out and said similar things.
Tonight I happened to flip the channel to NBC and the contestants had apparently gone home for a short time (maybe a weekend? I missed how long). Watching them sitting there with their families at restaurants agonizing over every single calorie and food choice reminded me of my ugly past … and also why I have a problem with the show.
Continue reading “Not Down With The Biggest Loser”
For the past several years, I’ve refused to jump on The Biggest Loser bandwagon. Having been a devoted WWer for five years, I know the only way to lose weight and keep it off is through eating well and exercising.
And as a recovering disordered eater, The Biggest Loser, to me, represented an extreme: severe restriction and severe over-exercising.
And so although you know I love Jillian and her Shred DVDs, I just couldn’t wrap my arms around a show that demonstrates such unrealistic conditions.
(I mean, let’s be real: who has 8 hours a day to exercise with a trainer, and a set menu for each day?).
But then I watched the season 8 premier Tuesday night and couldn’t help but feel my heartstrings tugging and my feelings towards the show soften. Continue reading “The Biggest Loser”