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The Biggest Loser - Winning by Losing For discussion of the NBC tv show The Biggest Loser and the book Winning by Losing, by Jillian Michaels

Biggest Loser : more harm than inspiration?

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Old 10-07-2014, 08:33 PM   #31
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RawrGirl likes the show. She likes Jillian. She likes how much the trainers care and the snippets of when they get to the core of why a person is overweight. It's also very motivational because RawrGirl always lifts weights when she watches, so it's a longer workout on those days, lol.
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Old 10-12-2014, 11:44 AM   #32
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I like it. Favorite seasons are 4, 5, 7, 11.
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Old 10-12-2014, 12:56 PM   #33
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I stopped watching after a few seasons, because it started to feel like the main message was becoming "fat people are lazy, crazy, worthless pieces of $#@T, that deserve to be treated like subhuman garbage, because that's what they are - and only severe mental and physical abuse AND steady weight losses of 15 lbs a week can possibly redeem them."

I've been away from the show for five years or more, and when I saw this thread, I thought maybe I had overreacted, or that maybe the show had changed for the better (or at least had stopped getting more dangerous and brutal every season).

Then I read the article in the OP, and am thinking, I've not nearly been opposed enough. I mean, come on, contestants peeing blood? How is that admirable in any way, except in a culture where obesity is so villified, that anything: physical abuse, mental torture, and even death and self-maiming, is considered an acceptable cost in the pursuit of slimness.
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Old 10-13-2014, 09:47 AM   #34
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Totally agree, its a competition first and foremost though so you need to look at it like that rather than as a weight loss show. We have our own weight loss show here, no one gets voted off, everyone stays at home doing their own thing for the duration and no one is expected to be ultra slim by the end. That is the way it should be done.
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