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Thoughtful, impassioned article on Biggest Loser

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Old 10-02-2014, 01:22 PM   #1
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Perhaps the best and certainly one of the most thoughtful and though provoking articles ever on the Biggest Loser.

I watched some last year and tried this year but I started to feel like it wasn't a good fit for me to continue watching it. This is just my N=1 reaction. It is totally personal. I have nothing against anyone else watching it or enjoying it.

This is certainly worth a read IMO:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/article...source=twitter
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Old 10-02-2014, 01:43 PM   #2
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Great article. Thanks for posting. I watch the show simply because it motivates me, but I do wish they'd spend more time educating the viewers, rather than all the time they spend on weigh-ins and grueling workouts. I can see why they don't want to mess with their formula though...because at the end of the day, it's all about the bottom line, unfortunately.
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Really interesting! Thank you for sharing, I love this show.
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I haven't been able to enjoy the show since the third (I think) season, because each season was becoming more and more abusive and dangerous.

Every so often I think I might want to give the show another chance (to see if it might have gotten kinder or safer).

Reading this article reminded my why I'm better off not watching.
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Perhaps the best and certainly one of the most thoughtful and though provoking articles ever on the Biggest Loser.

I watched some last year and tried this year but I started to feel like it wasn't a good fit for me to continue watching it. This is just my N=1 reaction. It is totally personal. I have nothing against anyone else watching it or enjoying it.

This is certainly worth a read IMO:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/article...source=twitter

Great article but even that article while raising all of these questions, STILL doesn't answer them.... calories in/calories out and moving more and eating less...if that isn't the answer, then what is??
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I'm a very casual viewer and don't have a strong opinion one way or the other. But my impression is that they show a lot of marathon workouts and very little meal planning, cooking, and contestants restraining themselves from overeating. That would make for extremely dull television, but it's what makes for the vast majority of weight loss.

Also, when the gay kid from Utah spent the entire first week vomiting and then lost 40 pounds at the first weigh-in? I pretty much screamed at the TV "OF COURSE HE LOST A TON OF WEIGHT HE SPENT A WEEK PUKING!!!
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Old 04-11-2015, 06:33 PM   #7
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I enjoy watching BL, but mostly I just tune in at the end to see the weigh in and see who gets sent home. It's entertainment. It's not a documentary on how to lose weight. It's a game show. These people sign up for this voluntarily. I realize for most of them, this is their only chance at losing the weight, but the money at the end is the prize. I think most people who need to lose weight know that they are not going to lose 10 lbs a week.
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