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The Biggest Loser Kicks Off And It Is Parents With Kids

The Biggest Loser always runs a very fine line in between being inspirational and exploitative. Last night the exploitative part was having to walk into a stadium to show themselves and their weaknesses to 3000 people. Thankfully they did not have to weigh in, in front of them.

Also there were the “spy can” scenes, with the trainers in a so called surveillance van out of the front of the contestant’s houses were  allegedly seeing secretly filmed footage. Oh bollocks like the contestants don’t know they are being filmed at that time. But it is the producers way to get  viewers horrified and disgusted at what they eat. “What? She was eating four litres of ice cream for breakfast?” or seeing the wife hide the chocolate biscuits from the husband or a daughter overloading her plate with steak.

What will be interesting about this series is the focus on how the parents have been enablers in their children getting this obese. In a sense parents watching the show can probably extrapolate that enabling behaviour to other negative behaviours like alcohol, drug use, anger management or even how much screen time they have.

After the teams made a pledge to each other it was off to  a gorge to jump off a ten metre cliff. I don’t know what was better Commando getting his top off (why that footage is not in the promos is anyone’s guess), or Commando giving the warning to camera that jumping off a cliff should not be done without professional supervision.

The jump was meant to signify the start of a new life for the contestants, but was it The Biggest Loser’s version of Celebrity Splash?

It was then off to the house to meet host Hayley Lewis and to get ready for the weigh in tonight and of course the women will have to wear lycra bra and pants, and the guys will have to take their tops off. Speaking of tops did anyone else notice they are now sponsored by Reebok.

The Biggest Loser on TEN at 7.30pm Sunday to Tuesday.

 

16 comments

1 bron { 03.18.13 at 10:53 am }

honestly, shame on the father for allowing his 15 year old to take part on this show. i truly hope he isn’t yelled at/humiliated/belittled by the trainers and the show.

oh wait, of course he will be. this is the biggest loser.

2 Littlepetal { 03.18.13 at 11:13 am }

RR-I think Reebok has always been a sponsor. I also read that initially they don’t go into teams and be trained by 1 trainer. The trainers will train a group of them and then they rotate.

3 A.P { 03.18.13 at 11:16 am }

Didn’t like the first ep that much with the Americanized way of going overboard as usual.
It must have been overwhelming to go out in front of all those screaming people, much better to take them straight to the house and let them get settled in.
I would be scared to jump off that cliff too, I would have been like that woman with the Yorkshire accent, terrified!
No parent should allow their overweight child to gorge on a whole tub of ice cream in one go, that was disgusting as was the pile of steak piled on the plate.

4 brain dead dave { 03.18.13 at 11:24 am }

Not a single vegetable on the plate of steak that young girl was about to devour.A Fred Flintstone sized potion of steak it was , as well.

5 A.P { 03.18.13 at 11:44 am }

It was sickening BDD! child abuse in a way because a sensible parent would give their child a small portion of steak with lots of healthy salad or vegetables.

6 chasingvegas { 03.18.13 at 1:14 pm }

I wouldn’t call it exploitative, rather reality! The point was to shame them & shame them they did! Each parent was ashamed & should be ashamed to have been enabling their child to eat like that. It’s a vicious cycle that needs to be broken.

How many 15 year old girls do you see having babies, then when their child gets to 15 they do the same? its the same thing & intervention is what’s needed to break the cycle & that’s what TBL is doing, it can only be seen as a positive.

Obesity is a massive health issue & if TBL can show how the cycle can be broken within a family lets support it & enjoy the entertainment it provides on screen. These families all know what they are getting themselves into, so any negative spin the media give it we can’t blame Ch10 or the production company.

These parents should now be applauded for taking action.

& RR how great was it to see Commando back on our screens shirtless!!!

7 Reality Raver { 03.18.13 at 1:18 pm }

Chasingvegas – an episode highlight there needs to be more of it.

8 brain dead dave { 03.18.13 at 2:32 pm }

The parents are fools to have their children on a show which is exploitative and definitely not about lasting, healthy weight loss. It’s a game show.

One kilo per week is considered healthy weight loss. TBL has the fatties shedding bigger numbers on television and then drops them like hot potatoes after the show.

9 Joseph Skyrim { 03.18.13 at 3:18 pm }

Off topic a little but given how RR and chasingvegas like topless musclebound dudes you may be interested to tune into Arrow on ch9 which should be starting after Easter. The main character likes taking his top off in almost every ep. Or you could just youtube it. 😛

For those wondering what exercise he is doing with the bar thing it’s called a salmon ladder.

10 Rob { 03.18.13 at 3:22 pm }

The impending massive weight loss in growing teenagers is even more dangerous than in adults and sends an even more dangerous message to the population. I’ve never liked this show but this parents and kids version is absolutely the bottom of the barrel television and Shine Australia should be ashamed of itself. It deserved less than the poor 815k audience it got and I look forward to it shedding more viewers shortly. Sadly Ch10 has committed to 2 seasons back-to-back, so expect more Loser in the 2nd half of the year. Groan.

11 Joseph Skyrim { 03.18.13 at 3:27 pm }

Massive weight loss is probably safer than just leaving them as obese as they are though? I do agree that there are other (better?) ways to lose weight than joining a TV show.

12 Littlepetal { 03.18.13 at 3:31 pm }

Is there another Biggest Loser this year?

If they can maintain the weight loss, then it is better then leaving them obese. But if they put the weight back on and didn’t learn anything about healthy eating and exercise than this massive weight loss is bad.

13 chasingvegas { 03.18.13 at 3:36 pm }

BDD – i understand your view, however I believe that TBL has given them an opportunity, a once in a lifetime opportunity that they need to grab with both hands & both feet (kankles). As it is a game show they need to be expect to be dropped like a hot potato at the end of it. Individuals need to take responsibility for their actions after they leave the show, it’s that simple. They can’t blame a “game show” for not being about to gain control of their weight, they should be very much aware of what they are getting into.

14 Mace77 { 03.18.13 at 3:46 pm }

@ Rob – Really 2 seasons this year back to back? where did u hear that?

15 chasingvegas { 03.18.13 at 3:50 pm }

Thanks Joesph, I have been enjoying the previews!!

16 Anna { 03.18.13 at 6:04 pm }

Saw the end while waiting for the MCP to start…. already trainers namely Shannon has NO clue that people have fears. Bullying them into doing something is not a way to go

Not watching the humiliation this year