THANK YOU AZURE SKY! And may I also add to your very well-thought-out list the fact that he also seems to completely forget that for obese people, losing "weight" should NOT be the goal! Changing your body composition to lose FAT should be the goal! The Biggest Loser *infuriates* me, because it panders to two large groups of people: the otherwise skinny or perhaps only a little overweight group who are tuning in for the shock factor and to sort of pat themselves on the back as they reach for the second bowl of ice cream thinking, well I'm not THAT fat! And the second group, of which I was a member for years: the morbidly to super-morbidly obese who are trapped in a battle they honestly believe they cannot win on their own.
Guess what Jason Anderson and other TBL fans, some of us HAVE to win on our own. And while having a buddy or two to help you through the rough days is a total bonus, having an entire team of executives monitor your "progress" and set you up in bariatric ivory tower is totally unrealistic. It sends the message that we can drop 100 pounds IF we have a special ranch peopled with magic refrigerators and trainers.
The Biggest Loser panders to everything that is contributing to the obesity epidemic today - fear, ignorance, and a deep-seated hopelessness. They hook you because, like a friend of mine, people keep trying to "figure out" what the secret is: yes exercise, but how much and what kind? We just see people screaming in pain and sweating. Good food, yes, but really? Jennie-O and sugarfree gum are the things I remember TBL suggesting... and it seems every time I catch it there's a table laden with cupcakes and M&Ms.
I hate that show. I hope more people see it for sensationalistic half-true crap that it is and turn to solid, sensible lifestyle changes that don't isolate you from your work, your family, your friends and your life in order to "work*.
- 8/11/2011 1:58:16 AM