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The Biggest Loser Negative Media Campaign Continues

The Sydney Morning Herald appears to be following up on the story in The Age about The Biggest Loser rigged weigh ins (See previous blog post here)

With more contestants spilling their guts on how the amazing weight loss stats were obtained.

The article in the SMH says:

Several former contestants told the Herald yesterday the show’s trainers had suggested they stop drinking for up to 36 hours before being weighed.

Others said they were also able to achieve greater losses because they were weighed every 10 to 14 days, not every seven days as the show purports.

Artie Rocke, who starred in the first series in 2006, said the trainers encouraged contestants not to drink water before a weigh-in.

”It’s about ratings but you have to ask do they want someone to drop dead? Is that a ratings winner? I hope not,” he said.

Doctors told Rocke his 40-kilogram weight loss over 12 weeks was to blame for his collapse two days after filming ended. He was rushed to hospital to have his gall bladder removed.

Fellow contestant Tracy Moores was also treated for dehydration.

John Jeffery, known as JJ, quit the show in 2008 because he did not agree with its philosophy and feared someone would die.

”One person I was in with was taken to hospital twice with a low pulse rate because he was starving himself.

”You choose foods from a shopping list but no one checks what you eat. Some people will eat even less than the 1000 calories they put you on and then exercise eight hours a day,” he said.

Kelly Donaghy lost 4.4 kilograms in her first week on the 2007 series but was left in tears after trainers and fellow contestants chastised her off camera for letting down the team.

”I thought that was quite a bit of weight for one week but they were all very critical of me,” she said. ”They said it wasn’t enough.”

A spokesman for Fremantle Media said it was aware the show’s contestants were dehydrating themselves.

”It’s a weight loss journey but it’s also a game.

”We are certainly not encouraging people to do it but everyone is made aware of how the game is played,” he said.

 

2 comments

1 Reality Ranker { 02.22.10 at 3:25 am }

Isn’t it strange to think that Vh-1’s “Celebrity Fit Club” appears to be much healthier for the participants than “Biggest Loser?” The celebs are only asked to lose 2-5 lb. per week. They also have to keep a food journal and are monitored by cameras to make sure that they are staying on the diet. In contrast the large weight loss on “The Bigget Loser” is not only disturbing, but sets an unreachable standard for the viewers at home. In Australia, is “The Biggest Loser” just a big commercial for various products? It is here.

2 Wurstsemmel { 02.24.10 at 5:54 pm }

A spokesman for Fremantle Media said it was aware the show’s contestants were dehydrating themselves.

”It’s a weight loss journey but it’s also a game.

”We are certainly not encouraging people to do it but everyone is made aware of how the game is played,” he said

Hope those words don’t come back to haunt him.