Today we took a look at how Reality TV portrays the obese and how they work with them to lose weight. We were joined in the first half of the show by Dr. Yoni Freedhoff of the Ottawa Bariatric Medical Institute – a multi-disciplinary, ethical, evidence-based nutrition and weight management center in Ottawa, Canada.
The overall discussion revolved around the unrealistic methods shows like this push their contestants to achieve, the damage that can happen both physically and psychologically, but also how shows like this impact the viewers perception of the obese as well.
If you would like some additional information on this topic, the links below would make for some good reading.
- Map and Compass – an examination of an undated “Where are they now?” article that features The Biggest Loser contestants from every season up to 11
Here’s a list of posts written on this topic by our guest today, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff on his blog and other places
- How Young Is Too Young To Be On The Biggest Loser? – Psychology Today
- The Real Biggest Losers? The Show’s Audience – Huffington Post
- So Long as Biggest Loser Exploits
- Go Figure – New Study Reports Watching The Biggest Loser Discourages Interest in Exercise
- How Do 3 Biggest Loser Alumni Feel About The Show’s Inclusion of Kids?
- “First Do No Harm” and The Biggest Loser’s Children
- So Long as the Biggest Loser Exploits Children, I’ll be Boycotting Its Advertisers’ Products
- Biggest Loser MD Deluded, Unethical or Clueless?
- The Biggest Loser Destroys Participants’ Metabolisms
- Life after the Biggest Loser
- The Genetics Contest Called The Biggest Loser
Deal of the Week
This weeks you can get half-off a telephonic Happiness Coaching session. You can contact Tom by phone at 612-240-4289 or visit his website for more information. Just mention you heard about the special on The Wake Up Call.