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The biggest looser show must be stopped. NO EXPLOITING KIDS FOR PROFIT!

Monday, December 10, 2012

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    i agree with pixie/dusty and this is from experience i am in close contact with a 5 yearr old that is 106 pounds it breaks my heart if just a few will watch the show and help their kids its worth it the family goes along with dr that her body will catch up with her weight i dont beleive that and she eats her food and her lil twiggy siss food its sad
    1957 days ago
  • SOFT_VAL67
    i have good and bad thoughts about tbl...on one hand they have helped people to really lose weight and alot of them do keep it off.
    on the other hand, the show tries to convince us here at home watching that the results are done in real time...what we see as one week to the next show, might be four or six weeks in between for them filming.
    i have read this before and even one former contestant said this as well.
    another thing that really really bothers me is the way that all the women come out in sports bra and shorts and the men in no shirts early on...then as they begin to lose more weight, u see them wearing not only shirts, but, if you look closely, the men wear body spanx or girdles underneath to conceal their loose skin and flab
    and the women have tightly fitted shirts to make them appear smaller
    but if you look you can see their upper arms and legs are flabby
    this gives viewers at home the idea that the contestants are really that toned
    but i will say, that if it helps children and helps motivate parents and schools to help motivate children then that is a good thing
    1957 days ago
    if it were a show where bunch of people on a ranch chose to loose weight and got in shape and we saw their trials and tribulations. I would watch it. But it's not. It's always been an exploitative, manipulative competition that's dangerous to body, psyche and soul. I was fat as a kid and that would have harmed me just as much if not more i'm sure.

    It's stigmatizing and filled with inaccuracies. Increases the belief in stereotypes and doesn't take into consideration that you can be fit and fat. Also that not all fat people eat junk and sit around all the time. It's just sad.

    anyway it's ok that i'm in the minority in these beliefs., someday i won't be but until then that's ok.
    1957 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/10/2012 3:56:16 PM
    Well, you know I disagree, C. I think Biggest Loser is a very motivating show, and does a lot of good. As Dusty said, its more dangerous for a kid to be overweight than to go on the show and lose the extra pounds. There is no forced starvation on Biggest Loser. They show them how to eat healthy! My biggest criticism of the show is that instead of all the drama, I wish they'd show more about how they eat, so that we could all learn from them.
    1957 days ago
    I disagree too. I have been overweight my entire life. I think it is dangerous to have kids being overweight. I think the show is encouraging. That helps motivate me. Maybe this show will help motivate kids that being active and eating with help the weight come off.
    1957 days ago
  • MSGO72
    I don't know that anyone will be starved, that seems more like hyperbole than reality. I used to watch the show, but all of the overwrought overly dramatic moments were a bit much.
    1957 days ago
    it's a different approach, i find the show stigmatizing and not addressing real life issues. Also there are many many fit and fat people.

    There are much better ways than by exploiting kids. But it's fine with me to disagree. I have much respect for you.

    when this show gets cancelled it will be a great day.

    this site is a much better choice health at every size. dot org. emoticon

    The Health at Every Size model is an alternative to traditional weight-focused interventions. HAES emphasizes:

    the quality of your day-to-day life,
    finding sustainable ways to take care of yourself, and
    accepting the size that your body is when you are taking care of yourself as your unique healthy weight.

    HAES (SM) also emphasizes the importance of ending weight stigma and discrimination as broader interventions that will support the health of people of all sizes. Finally, HAES practitioners try not to add to the moral freighting of health and illness that is rampant in our culture (i.e., "healthism").

    1957 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/10/2012 12:43:33 PM
  • .DUSTY.
    I love The Biggest Loser. I disagree with the article, sorry.

    Part of the article states that it's dangerous. How dangerous is it to be 200 lbs. overweight? How emotionally crippling is it to be 100 lbs. overweight in grammar, junior or high school?


    1957 days ago
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