This Article Just Made Me Dislike “The Biggest Loser” Even More

I’ve had a personal dislike for the show “The Biggest Loser” for several years now, (mostly because I have bad memories of watching it during my anorexia and being “inspired” to workout harder and restrict my calories even more), but it’s this kind of inside information that confirms just how awful things are behind the scenes.

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I know a lot of people find it exciting or inspiring to watch the contestants lose weight so quickly, but please read this article and recognize that they are NOT doing it in a healthy way.

Eating less than 1000 calories a day and exercising for 4-5 hours is NOT healthy, period. Forcing yourself to exercise while suffering from a serious muscle tear is horrible for your body. And if your hair is falling out and you’ve lost your menstrual cycle, ladies, that’s your body screaming at you to take better care of yourself.

And what irks me (probably more than anything else) about this show, is all the fat-shaming that takes place by the trainers — both on and off-screen. Fat-shaming is NOT a helpful way to motivate people to lose weight.

As a health coach and personal trainer, I often have to be very upfront with my obese clients about the long-term health dangers they may face because of their extra weight, but there is NEVER a reason to call someone names or shame them because of their size. This has got to stop.

If you need to lose weight, please find a professional who will help you do it in a HEALTHY, long-lasting way that encourages your self esteem and confidence!Β 

8 thoughts on “This Article Just Made Me Dislike “The Biggest Loser” Even More

  1. cherished79

    I stopped watching this show too, it did nothing for encouragement and Jillian (sp?) drove me nuts. Every season was repetitive. Good article.

  2. annadownsouth

    Such an important thing to bring notice too! Thanks for sharing! Weight should only be loss in an healthy way and it sick that we live in a culture that encourages otherwise, and I’m sorry that you’ve struggled personally. I’m so proud of you for recovering!

  3. chocolateorelse

    You have such a sweet, encouraging spirit. There is so much more we can teach when genuine care and love are shown. The student will hear and retain the lessons for positive purpose.

    Jesus does not teach from a place of shame through harshness. He teaches with tender truth, firm reality, and fresh mercy. You reflect Him well. πŸ™‚


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