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7/24/18 2:13 P

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https://healthyeater.com/biggest-loser-then-now


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7/24/18 2:11 P

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https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/02/health/biggest-loser-weight-loss.html


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7/24/18 1:05 P

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To me it got so repetitive and hard to watch I just lost interest. There may have been drug use but the ratings had begun slipping in the last few seasons but who knows

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7/24/18 10:46 A

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I think a show like Shaq's Big Challenge, teaches people how to do something many find difficult in a manner that is totally doable. On the other side, Biggest Loser was a show committed to high ratings regardless of consequences or reality. It's like Survivor but with obese contestants. Pushing people to dangerous limits makes the audience even more interested...and that's all the producers care about.

I think most people hooked on the Biggest Loser show were interested more in the entertainment and less on any lessons to be learned. It gives some a chance to fantasize that they too can achieve fast weight loss if they push themselves to the max. For the most part, those are the people who are more focused on a quick fix, not a lifestyle change

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7/24/18 9:47 A



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Sheryl,

I never understood why some trainers (and I do blame the Biggest Loser for this trend) think that if their clients aren't ready to hurl at the end of a workout, they didn't work hard enough.

Being ready to vomit after a workout is not the sign of a good workout. Now more people think that's okay because of that show and it isn't. Who thought watching someone throw up was great TV ?

I still think the best "weight loss" show was Shaq's Big Challenge. The show tracked a group of obese teens who were taught to eat and exercise sensibly. It was the most common sense reality show I've seen.

No one wants common sense, they want instant results and the big reveal. that's what gets ratings, not someone who loses 1-2 pounds per week. that's mundane.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 7/24/2018 (09:47)
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7/24/18 1:40 A

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I am not surprised by this revelation. When so called celebs lose lots of weight, and go on tv after, that’s how they are able to do it quickly. Of course, when you see many of these same celebs a year later, with weight gained back, no one features them then, to admit to what they did.

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7/23/18 10:50 P

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I never watched the Biggest Loser. I always thought it was crazy the way they made people lose weight.

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7/23/18 7:47 P

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I dislike almost all reality shows, but the trainers reminded me of gunnery sergeant Hartmen from the move FULL METAL JACKET. Not my kind of motivation. I don't find inspiration from pushing people to the point of almost hurting themselves. It is like watching the HUNGER GAMES waiting for people to drop out.

A while ago there was an article describing how stressed out they made the contestants. This new info just adds to the bad press.

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7/23/18 6:07 P

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I never really got into the show.

I remember one of our members. Her boyfriend was pushing her to lose weight. He told her that The Biggest Loser people exercise 4-6 hours a day. She should be able to manage 2-3 hours.

I said, tell him. They live at a ranch with a cook and doctors. That's why they lose weight so quickly. Will it stay off when they leave the ranch? Doubt it.



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7/23/18 11:28 A

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I watched the first season or so, but then didn't like how they pushed people to their physical and emotional limits. All for TV drama I guess, but it looked like abuse to me.

I feared some people might get very serious physical injuries, and I did not want to be part of that, which one is indirectly through TV ratings, commercials and all that.

But drugs too ... not surprising.

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7/23/18 6:37 A

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I hadn't heard of potential drug use but if true, I wouldn't be surprised. I really never got into the show as I thought it set up unrealistic and unhealthy standards. Just sad all around.

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7/23/18 5:53 A



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I stopped watching the Biggest Loser a long time ago because I always felt they were encouraging bad weight loss habits such as having contestants workout 4-6 hours a day combined with a borderline starvation diet at 1200 calories or less for someone weighing 300+ pounds.

The other day I was reading an article on YAHOO that said that the possible reason the show had been cancelled is because of drug use. Several former contestants are suing one of the doctors because they say he gave them weight loss drugs to help them lose weight.

www.yahoo.com/entertainment/biggest-loser-
contestants-given-drugs-lose-weight-nb
c-launched-investigation-173531757.html


Have you heard about the drug use on the show ?

Here's an older article from 2016 when the controversy started.

www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5275
951/Bob-Harper-fires-Biggest-Loser-con
testants.html


This does not surprize me. It's why I stopped watching the show. There was too much emphasis in losing weight as fast as possible in a six month period. Losing 100-200 pounds in six months is just not healthy.

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