100 lb. Club - who watched The Biggest Loser last nite?

10-20-2004, 01:48 PM
I saw the commercials for this and taped it last night, just watching it now. Anyone else watch it? I think the red team is ultimately going to win because Jillian is really kicking their butts and the other trainer is a bit too easy so far, let's see how they do in the long run. I like Jillian ripping up the guys cigarettes. Looks like a good show. It'll be nice to see these people losing weight on national tv. How could you pig out on tv when you know millions will be watching you?

10-20-2004, 01:54 PM
When I first heard about the show, which was first run in one of the European countries, I thought about trying to get info on it and doing it. I forgot about it until I heard about the show recently. I didn't watch it though. I have 2 feelings about it being exploitative but also trying to show the struggle of people losing weight.

10-20-2004, 02:00 PM
No I did not get to see this. I really wanted to. I do see the USA network will reair the first episode on Monday October 25th at 7:00pm. I am going to set my VCR now.

10-20-2004, 02:28 PM
I watched it, and I think there's a lot more positive than negative. Nelie, initially I completely shared your take on the exploitation factor. And in watching it, there truly are some gratuitous fat shots plus some more that makes you go, "ouch!" for the obese community in general and the participants in particular. But they're based on reality, not exaggerations; for example, laying out all the food that the participants used to eat can be pretty shocking, but maybe it's important to see, and maybe it will inspire thought in the minds of the overweight watching the show, not just the folks who might sit in judgement. So far, I can see the possibility of it "feeding" some of the stereotypes which exist about the overweight, but more than that I think it could be motivating to those who need some help and it could humanize the struggle to those who can't relate.

I really found it both touching and a little inspiring, and I do think that making human the very real struggles that all of us have in making the necessary behavioral changes and pushing ourselves could have a positive effect as well. Your heart goes out to those people, and you're really rooting for them. Sometimes bringing things to light and making them more accessible -- and human -- to people can go a long way to opening minds and hearts to the lives and realities of others.

Jen, I'm not yet decided on that. Bob, the blue team's coach, has gone farther I think in bringing the team together, so at least at this point it seemed like they were a bit more supportive of one another, and all of us here know how much that sense of support and unity can impact our success. Jillian kicks some major a** for sure, but over the long haul that strategy may not prove as consistently productive with all of her team members. We'll have to see!

10-20-2004, 02:35 PM
Well I just finished watching it and seeing that some of them lost like 10-15 lbs in one week...well it wanted me to go out and exercise for several hours!! Seeing them get on the scale and see how much they had lost...that was so great. Can you imagine getting on that scale and having lost all that weight in one week? Mind I'll bet a lot of it is water but you figure that much weight lost there is still a lot of fat lost there too. It will be good to see some of them lose a lot of weight. Also I think it is good that people see that weight can be lost by diet and exercise and that it doesn't have to be some whacked out plan or program.

10-20-2004, 04:02 PM
ack i missed it!!!!! crap crap crap! i was soooo wanting to watch it.

10-20-2004, 05:21 PM
I cant bring myself to watch it. Seems like exploitation. In the commercials it seems like they are putting down fat people. "Oh,.. fat people cant help but eat all this fat food,..etc etc" Plus the fact that i LOATHE reality television. blagh :(

Suzanne 3FC
10-20-2004, 06:07 PM
Heather, your instincts were right, they did play on the obesity stereotype and used piles of fattening food as a gimmick everywhere. I was so disappointed in every aspect of this show. I guess I was expecting a motivational "Body Challenge" type show, like they do on the Discovery Channel every year. The Body Challenge looks at weight loss with realistic expectations, and teaches you to live a healthy lifestyle. The Biggest Loser was the polar opposite of Body Challenge.

That's just my opinion :)

10-20-2004, 06:29 PM
I watched it on tape. Got all the way to the end and my tape quit just as they were weighing in the last person. I admit the show held my interest, but I felt it was very exploitive. As we all know, losing weight is a serious business and necessary for better health. I could sympathisize with all the participants but I didn't like it being turned into a "Survivor"-like competition, where one person per week is eliminated. Sure, they lose 20 or 30 lbs is a week or so, but do you think they're going to continue once they're booted off the show and lose their personal trainer? Also, it's a medical fact that men lose more weight faster than women because of they have more muscle, so women are at a disadvantage in the competition. I also didn't like the way they made them climb in through the window during the tug of war -- this was done for laughs and could actually have injured someone. The show is tacky and exploitive. I prefer "Health Cops" on Disc Health Channel.

10-20-2004, 07:14 PM
I missed it too.... I was out TP'ing a friend's car! :lol: :lol:

I'll catch the re-run for sure though!

10-20-2004, 07:34 PM
As I said above maybe some of you did not see. They are showing the first episode on the USA network Monday Oct 25th at 7:00 pm.

10-20-2004, 07:39 PM
There's a Canadian show (on Lifetime Network, I believe) called "Taking it Off" where the progress of 8 or 9 people is tracked over a period of several months. I've watched both seasons and have been impressed because its not in the least exploitive and the focus is not only on the chosen diet and/or exercise regime of each individual, but there's significant insight into their respective lifestyles (job, family life, relationships, economic/social background, etc.) and the participants freely disclose their thoughts about how their interaction with food affects their life. Each person follows a different program and the starting weights vary dramatically. For example, there was the single father of two who was in his early 40s and weighed over 400lbs. compared to the 20 something model wannabe who felt she needed to lose 20lbs. It's both heartwarming and heartbreaking watching their struggles and successes. One girl became pregnant early into the show, but continued with her program and safely lost weight. At the end of each week there's a weigh-in (to "Dragnet" music) and at the end of the series a "before and after" segment which is priceless, but by no means is it a contest to see who can lose the most weight and there's no big prize offered - its more of a social documentary than a "Reality TV" show (there is a "Cheat of the Week" segment that some could find offensive, but even that is handled sensitively and with humour). I really hope they do a third season.

10-20-2004, 07:48 PM
UGHHH! No cable here. Not much of a TV person. I'll just have to watch vicariously through your eyes . . .

10-20-2004, 10:21 PM
I really enjoyed it. Sure, it may have been exploitive, but I like the overall message behind the show, getting healthy, one way or another. If these people can make real changes and inspire others to do the same then I'm all for it. This country needs a wake up call when it comes to health and fitness and maybe this can help motivate more people to follow suit. I'm sure I'll continue watching it, I'm looking forward to seeing their progress and the types of changes this makes in their lives. But I'm a suckah for reality t.v., I've always been fascinated with seeing how other people deal with stuff. :D


10-20-2004, 11:07 PM
Didn't get a chance to see Biggest Loser last night and I meant too.. Oh well, thanks to Howie, now I can catch the repeat.

As for "Taking it Off" - Jill, I loved that one.. I'm really hoping they do a 3rd as well. I'll look into it and if I find anything I'll let you know.

10-21-2004, 10:20 AM
Well I thought it was a good show and I"m going to continue to watch. I'm not much into reality shows either as they seem so fake, you know that this is about as real as it can get.

10-21-2004, 01:07 PM
I really enjoyed it. Sure, it may have been exploitive, but I like the overall message behind the show, getting healthy, one way or another. If these people can make real changes and inspire others to do the same then I'm all for it. This country needs a wake up call when it comes to health and fitness and maybe this can help motivate more people to follow suit. I'm sure I'll continue watching it, I'm looking forward to seeing their progress and the types of changes this makes in their lives. Beverly
My feelings exactly.

10-21-2004, 02:58 PM
I have to say I enjoyed it too. But I am a huge reality TV person, so it was right up my alley!!

Interesting though, for me, the hard part was having Jacob watch it with me. He has never said anything about my weight. I know the time will come, but I am in no hurry. It made me uncomfortable to have him watch it with me. I finally went downstairs and left him to watch Baseball with Steve.

10-25-2004, 01:21 AM
Caught the rerun on NBC last night. Loved it.

Jillian...I could've done without. But she gets results.

Aaron is hot. :cheers:

They were supposed to come here to Milwaukee to do auditions, but they never did. Maybe next season?

10-25-2004, 03:44 PM
I thought it was re-running tonight? I guess not, since the Radio Music Awards are on! GRRR.

Well, I guess I can check out "week 2" tomorrow at 7.

10-25-2004, 06:30 PM
Apryl- I'm pretty sure I heard that the show would re-air tonight on USA, if you still want to catch it.


10-25-2004, 06:36 PM
Ahh.... USA! That explains it. :) Thanks.

10-26-2004, 12:01 AM
Yeah, I caught the re-run on Saturday night on NBC and loved it...

Some of the losses are just insane... 23 lbs in 1 week?! :eek:

I wanna be the next contestant..... :D

10-26-2004, 01:01 AM
I have lost 11 in one week but man 23 lbs. I have it taped and will watch tonight when I get home.

10-26-2004, 01:11 PM
Well I watched it last night. Wow that would be hard. I would hate to be up in front of america without my shirt on. Sometimes I just felt like they were making fun of the fat. Hey lets stuff fat people into a nascar that would be funny. It's very interesting and I will keep watching but it hurts also.

I also dislike how people get voted off. If your going to have the biggest loser it ought to be the biggest amount lost not who is left standing. That just does not make since. They could go by percentage of how much you needed to lose and get a winner that way. I feel bad for any of them getting voted off because they will probably just go back to there bad habits. If they could stay on the show and learn to exercise and eat right then the show would benifit everyone not just the biggest loser.

I really just have a lot of mixed emotions on this show.

10-26-2004, 02:16 PM
I do agree that it doesn't seem to make any sense that they vote people off.

I'm not sure about the % thing though. The girl who has 30 lbs to lose just might lose 100% of the weight she has to lose. But folks who have 150 lbs to lose - no way.

It does seem like there could have been some way to make it fair.

10-26-2004, 02:27 PM
Yes I guess the percent thing would not work but there should be some way. Maybe judges of who did the best or something. I don't know I jsut hate seeing someone who is trying this to make there life better get botted off.

10-26-2004, 03:50 PM
Here's another take on the show.


Given that I'm a "Survivor" fan, I tried to be objective and think of it in terms of entertainment value rather than a realistic weight loss television program. However, to me the entertainment factor revolves around capitalizing on stereotypes that I'm uncomfortable with. I think its especially sad considering these people are destined to gain back the weight when its all over (and to what further damage to their health?)

A couple of things about the article that also struck me is the acknowledgement of how getting support is beneficial (thank God for this place) and that a successful program is a 3-5 year undertaking (wheee, I'm right on track then :D)

10-26-2004, 04:47 PM
can I come in? I saw it last night on USA- I hadn't even seen previews or anything. Good show. I liked it. The red team- the trainer- I think they'll gain most of it back because they'll come to hate exercise and relate any form of exercise to her, don't you think? I personally love going to Curves and it doesn't seem like a chore to me. I think that's how exercise has to be. going to watch it tonight!

10-26-2004, 05:11 PM
I will have to agree with the whole "getting voted off" part being a bit of a disappointment. It is known that the more weight you have to lose the quicker you can lose it. There should be some way to evaluate it without going strictly by how many pounds were lost. I wish I could be the biggest loser! Unfortunately I would probably have been the first to go considering I only have 20lbs. to lose. I do think it is awesome to have a reality show that actually has a good purpose.