The Biggest Loser

I’ve been there – seen it – and don’t respect it! A few years ago I was invited to be a guest expert on The Biggest Loser. I was a bit shocked at what I found at ‘the ranch’. Tables of tempting sweets piled high with sugary stuff designed to make dieting harder. Really aggressive and very, very rigorous exercise – continually. Granted, I was only there 3 times, but honestly, I am not surprised that the show, which presents an unrealistic, mostly unattainable and unsustainable picture of weight loss, is being criticized for celebrating such drastic, seemingly unhealthy weight loss. Clearly, 105 lbs. at 5’4″ of height is underweight. Why are we exalting this as success?