Every week I talk to a surprising number of women who have either applied for The Biggest Loser, or have seriously considered it. It just goes to show that otherwise intelligent women will still consider doing just about anything for the promise of big weight loss.
They acknowledge it might include some serious humiliation, starvation, and the occasional need for a defibrillator, but hey, we’re women, we can put up with just about anything if the pay-off seems worth it! (Think childbirth and four inch heels).
So what’s wrong with spending thousands of dollars to sequester yourself on a fat farm or spend your vacation at an adult weight loss camp ? Well, for one thing, who wants to go anywhere that refers to ‘fat’ and ‘farm’ in the same sentence? (Much less camping under any circumstances). Ok, maybe that’s just me.
I suppose the possibility of losing a significant amount of weight in a short period of time under any circumstances is incredibly alluring – at first. But it’s important to remember what all the research suggests. Deprivation leads to over-eating, a bigger waistline, and a tougher road to hoe.
Here’s a link to an interesting 2007 article written by New York Times Fashion and Style editor, Elizabeth Weil. She addresses the undermining impact of a weight loss camp show for adults that creates unrealistic expectations for an audience of millions.
Any Biggest Loser fans out there? I’d love to know your thoughts about the show and why you get pulled in – even though you know it’s not good for you!
*Paula Schwartz contributed reporting in the New York Times article.