Biggest Loser, Unrealistic Expectations
Sunday, February 17, 2013
I'm watching last week's episode of Biggest Loser, and it's really disturbing to me to see the contestants being genuinely upset about 4- and 6-pound weight losses. I know that it is because it means a risk of falling below the yellow line and being out of the game...
... But what kind of signal are we sending to the rest of the country? That if you can't pull amazing numbers every week, you have failed? That your success is defined by the number on the scale? I don't like this message... and I don't like the standard that the show seems to set for the number of hours one should be spending in the gym. It's unrealistic!
And as usual, I really don't like all the game playing that goes on on the show. Up until this episode, there really hasn't been a lot of that. But this episode it hit hard! It's my least favorite part of the show and one of the reasons I didn't watch for several seasons.
At the same time, I know that the show gives inspiration to thousands, including me. And I was actually pleased to see that the show proved once again that participating in the temptations can completely backfire. So I'm not going to stop watching or anything... But I would love to see them address some of the unrealistic expectations that the show seems to set up.