I am perplexed and somewhat appalled to see such programmes as ‘The Biggest Loser’ being aired on TV. The cavalier attitude to which these programmes, and there are many, address issues of health is somewhat annoying.
The shows ‘experts’ seem to revel in exonerating bullying the participants, and reducing their self-esteem to minus something. Do they ever consider or fully address the greater issues attached to weight gain, self-esteem, confidence and so on? They are dealing with highly emotive and complex issues in a light and disregarding fashion, for mere entertainment purposes. ‘You’re fat because you are greedy, get a grip’, it is not always so simple a solution.
Furthermore such dramatic weight loss as is expected every week, which occurs from drastically restricted diets (crash diets), and extreme exercise routines; certainly is a dangerous mix? If you happen to weigh 33 stones or 462 pounds, isn’t that all too much and too soon; wouldn’t the stresses alone do some severe damage?
I would like to see how the participant’s in these programmes fair psychologically, as well as health wise after leaving such programmes. I wonder what issues they have come up against months later, and who is there to help? To be honest they are making entertainment yet again out of other people’s misery, mocking people like they are part of some modern-day freak show, its gross.
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