Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Biggest Loser

So the Australian version of The Biggest Loser (TBL) started back again a few weeks ago. I always get excited about it because it is normally really inspirational, but this year I am just not feeling it.

Firstly there is the fact that no one on it this year grabs me and I don't feel a connection with any of the contestants. Then of course there is the annoying host. I am sure she is a lovely person but I am guessing she is being told to talk so slowly and be extremely boring by the producers of the show, but it doesn't make it any less annoying.

That stuff is all just superficial, but what bothers me is the whole voting off part of the show. I honestly don't see why they need to vote anyone off, why not just let them all compete to be TBL? It just breaks my heart when I see people who need help and have put themselves out there being voted off. I read in the TV Guide recently (because I read really smart literature) that the host said that voting people off was a necessary evil and no one wants to watch a show about people eating healthy and exercising. Well I don't agree, I would be interested in watching people eat healthy, exercise and lose weight. I would find it inspirational and maybe I would learn something along the way too.

I have always felt this way, but it wasn't until the most recent season that I am finding it uncomfortable because they seem to have stepped up the 'Temptation' part of the show. This comes across as entertaining an audience with fat people who can't resist fried food and I think it is crossing the line and taking advantage. Would this be considered ethical if we 'tempted' alcoholics with alcohol? I am sure this increases ratings and people love to laugh at the fatties who can't resist the donut, but I just don't find it entertaining.


  1. I too would enjoy watching a show just about people losing weight, but I think people who don't have a weight problem might not enjoy it. Well, some of them. I think it's an element that might draw in some people who might otherwise not watch.

    But yeah, I don't really watch Biggest Loser myself. The American version is playing over here at the moment, and yeah. I just went to the website to find out who won, and check out the weight loss, and then I don't need to watch it :D

  2. I disagree with FLG - I know a good number of people who enjoy the Biggest Loser and have never had a weight problem in their entire life.

    Actually... ALL of the people I know who watch The Biggest Loser have never had a weight problem. Hmmm.

    Truth is, reality TV is selling - New Zealand trialled a series Fat Fighters about four people who were trying to be healthy and lose weight, and I found it a great watch, but the series was a flop. The best running series we've had here is a doco-reality series called 'Downsize Me', though it seems as though the spinoff, 'Downsize My Pet', was more popular?! :-/

    Anyways - I think I take more inspiration from the fatblogging community; folk like yourself who don't eat nothing but asparagus an spend 5 hours in the sauna before a weigh in like the TBL contestants. (I heard after being on the show, one contestant put on 35 pounds because he started drinking water again? O_O)

  3. I love watching The Biggest Loser, but agree, some aspects of the show just suck!


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