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The Biggest Loser and Beautiful People.com

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Did anyone see the Biggest Loser last night? Did anyone besides me think that the public humiliation of the contestants by making them weigh in, stripped down in front of hundreds of people, was totally unnecessary? Those poor people know what they look like. They live with it every day. I just don't think that shaming them will do them any good. Yes, they will lose weight on this show, but how many of them will be able to keep it off permanently. I hope they will. If I had been a contestant, I think the shame would stay with me for a long time and block me from doing what I know I should do.
Last night's show just enhanced some people's thoughts and actions, that it is okay to shame, belittle, and ridicule fat people publicly. It is not okay.

The news also reported yesterday about a web site called beautifulpeople.com that kicked 5000 members, mostly from the United States, off their web site because they had put on a few pounds. I think they need to change their web site name to beautifulpeopleontheoutside-ug
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    Yes, I think if these individuals are willing to put themselves out there - allow them to do it with dignity. A nice T-shirt with longer shorts would look so much more appealing. Why try to make people look half naked. I much prefer to watch "Ruby" - that southern lady is so grand and ladylike. emoticon emoticon
    3050 days ago
    My co-worker and I were discussing this today. We both agree that it's unnecessary for these folks on the Biggest Loser to take off their shirts for the weigh-in. Is the shirt really going to make that big a difference in the result? No! The producers are going for the humiliation factor. Come and gawk at the obese people! Yeah, I don't think it's necessary. I don't think you could have paid me to do it when I weighed 200 lbs. In fact, I don't think I'd do it now!
    3058 days ago
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