Ask First Lady Michelle Obama Not to Appear on The Biggest Loser

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That is, ask her not to do it again.  Yes, she’s already appeared on The Biggest Loser (TBL) once.  And is scheduled to do so again in November.  Here’s why the Binge Eating Disorder Association and BingeBehavior.com have mounted a campaign to ask Mrs. Obama to rethink this bad idea.

The approach promoted by The Biggest Loser causes people to gain weight, not lose it. 

  • It’s the old diet approach that has people ignoring their hunger, which distorts our appetite regulatory system, the physiological mechanism that has evolved to guide eating for well-being, and can do it very well if supported.

It humiliates and shames people who live in larger bodies. 

  • It’s commonly thought that making people feel bad about themselves will motivate them to change.  The truth is the opposite – when we feel bad about ourselves, we feel defeated.  And those of us who use food for comfort, well, you know where feeling defeated leads.

The Biggest Loser is entertainment, not health care. 

  • People who struggle with weight deserve thoughtful, caring help, based on what science tells us and what those of us who have worked in this area for years know truly helps people.

 Mrs. Obama’s appearance on this show sends the message to the millions of people who continue to be misinformed about how to best manage their weight that TBL is the right approach. 

  • Nothing could be further from the truth.

What You Can Do

Head over to BingeBehavior.com for the details, which include a petition to sign, links to research that shows the damage the approach causes, a letter that was sent yesterday to Mrs. Obama, and the call to action.

Maybe one of the most effective things you can do:  Call the office of the First Lady and share your concerns – 202-456-1414.  I did it yesterday – it’s easy.


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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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