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.