Beverly’s back with her thoughts on this popular television show that she observed several young women watching during her stay at Green Mountain at Fox Run. “I’ve been struggling with my response ever since,” she says.
Yes, I’m among the millions who have watched “The Biggest Loser.” Who will fall below the dread “yellow line.” Can anyone beat Tara at the challenges? Why is Ron still around? Drama, competition, more drama, and tears. Lots and lots of tears from people whose very lives seem to depend on how much weight they lose in a week.
“The Biggest Loser” has been a guilty pleasure. I usually record it (thank heavens for digital video recorders) so I can watch it when my husband is otherwise occupied and I can whiz through the commercials and the phony drama of the weigh-ins. No more. Not after Laura, who is all of 24, sustained a stress fracture in her hip bone. Hello, wake-up call.
These people are not athletes and yet for four months they live like athletes. All they seem to do is exercise, compete in challenges and do more exercise. I can only wonder why more contestants have not sustained such injuries.
What is it that we are not being shown? What kind of post-exercise programs do they do? Do these people ever stretch? What about yoga, tai chi, golf? What kind of health screening must they go through before being allowed on the program? What kind of psychological counseling is available to the people on the show and their families?
This is not about healthy living or balance or self-acceptance, it is about entertainment with people willing to put their bodies at risk for $250,000. It is also about desperation.
All of us who have struggled with our eating and weight and self-image understand desperation. You don’t have to weigh 350 pounds to be desperate. But would we pay the price required by “The Biggest Loser?”
Enough. I really hope that every one of those men and women come out of their experience healthy and happy and able to deal with the stresses, strains and anxieties of life. But they’re going to do it without me. Whenever I’m tempted to record another episode, I’ll remember Green Mountain’s three-legged stool of exercise, nutrition and stress management. I’ll put on one of LynnAnn’s DVDs and do some exercises. Or I’ll whip up one of Jon’s great salad dressings. Or think about how I’ve used food to deal with loneliness or anger or frustration, and find other ways of handling life.
Good bye, “Biggest Loser.” Have a nice life.