You can’t put health in a box. You can’t put a calorie count on it, or a specific work out, or quantify hours at the gym. You can’t find it on a scale because at the end of the day, what is healthy is individualized. It’s what makes you feel best. It’s whatever size you are, it’s what makes your body and spirit and mind happy. What is healthy is being yourself and giving your body its proper respect.
The Biggest Loser
Think you know The Biggest Loser? Did you know they abuse their contestants to the point that they develop serious injuries and eating disorders? You NEED to read this three-part interview with finalist Kai Hibbard. Here’s a little excerpt:
“Heather, on my season, was told by the medical trainer, not one of the personal trainers, … ‘Here’s the deal, both your knees are messed up, and I believe you ripped your calf muscle.’ So he told the trainer that too but when you watch the show, Heather’s arguing with our trainer and saying, ‘Look, I can’t do it.’ And they made it look like it’s because she’s lazy and refuses to work out, when actually she’s been told by the doctors, ‘Do not run, do not do this, you cannot do this.’ And production and her personal trainer wanted her to do it anyway, just for the cameras. And when she refused to do it for the cameras because it would have damaged her body even more (she ended up needing steroid shots in both knees while we were still there by the way) it was edited to make her look like she was lazy and disobedient, basically. So then you’ve got the 22 million Americans that watch it thinking that you’re this horrible, lazy, ungrateful person. And she literally got death threats on the NBC web site. I just have people that tell me stuff like, I’m ugly when I cry, or I’m lazy. She got death threats.”
I highly recommend that everyone read these articles and sign the petition to stop the kid version of the show. Doing this to adults is bad enough, but most kids won’t even be able to attempt to fight back under these circumstances. It could wreck them for life.
I’d like to close with a little shout out to all those who have gotten on my case and sent me hate for calling The Biggest Loser dehumanizing and dangerous. I stand by every word I’ve said. This show needs to be stopped.
I listened to the podcast yesterday actually, and it was very eye opening. I knew they did really horrible stuff, but it breaks my heart that they dehumanize them so much. Every time they “got out of line” for being treated like shit, people on the set would say “you’re so lucky to be here though. There’s 200,000 others who want your spot” to make them quiet. It’s disgusting and so dangerous.