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The Biggest Loser – The Weigh In and Four New Contestants

Have to say I was a bit sceptical about having a 15 year old kid on The Biggest Loser, but Todd seems more motivated than most of the other “children” in the series.  You get the feeling he really wants to lose the weight, and his dad Gerard is desperately working his arse off to be a role model in this area, as he know he has let his son down.

There is an issue with childhood obesity in this country,  we see it daily both in real life and in stories in the media. It is not a bad thing to talk about or to be educating people about. As a mother of an eight year old I see it in the school yard, at her dance class and wherever we go where children are. I saw it again this weekend and it is not with parents who don’t know better it is with parents that do know better and have the money and knowledge to provide their kids with a good diet.

Don’t get me wrong my children’s diet would NOT pass the Michelle Bridges or Pete Evan’s litmus test. In fact it would fail miserably. If this show can do one thing it might get parents, including myself, to have a good hard look at what they are feeding their kids, or the amount they are feeding them, that can only be a good thing.

I would like to know your views on this? Am I being too harsh?

Anyway I am looking forward to seeing Todd transform into a self confident kid as he seems like he already has a lot of other tools that are going to make him a decent adult. Also let’s be honest he is 15 years old, he is thinking about girls.

It was weigh in day in The Biggest Loser house, and if the contestants lose 100 kgs, no one will be sent home. They also had an extra 7 kgs from winning the pulling the container challenge. They made the 100 kilograms easily. However it was also interesting at weigh in to see who is and who isn’t giving it a hundred percent. It is a big life change for them.

The weigh in stats:

  • Robyn lost 7.7 kgs  and  Katie lost 8.8 now 128 kg;
  • Brett lost 122.1 kgs and Mandy lost 7.5 kgs; Brett had a meltdown with Michelle Bridges and said later he wanted to be pushed but when he was he did not like it.
  • Sam lost 8.5kgs and Jess lost 4.4 kg; At this point I can’t see Jess going far in the competition she does not appear that motivated but maybe she is suffering big time from nicotine withdrawal;
  • Mark lost 9.3 kgs and Chris lost 8.9; Mark now he is getting motivated and dropping the attitude could go far in the competition as he does like sport and his motivated to play them again;
  • Janet lost 6.9 kgs, and Kirsten lost 4.2kg, a nice start for this pair and Janet thought as a older person she would find it harder to lose weight but she did well;
  • Richard had lost 6.4kg and Amber lost 4.3kg.Both Richard and Amber had been struggling for him it was the food side, and for her it was the training. They better find their mojo and fast or they will be eliminated.
  • Finally Gerard lost 14.1 kgs and Todd lost 6.7 kgs; Gerard was apologetic saying he had not trained as hard as he should have been as he as not able to keep his food down which is handy when it comes to this competition…. He was only training once a day due to being sick.

They lost a total of 115.8 kigs so therefore no one was eliminated.

Then it was time to introduced the “heavyweights” and the original contestants were peeved as they were so big they knew they would lose big numbers fast.

First were Anita and Cher, I think we can assume Anita was a fan of the singer. Anita weighed in at 117.6 kg and Cher  at just 22 years of age was 172.2 kgs. What is motivating her is she wants a baby with her partner of seven years and at the moment this is not possible.

Kevin Moore and Rosemary were the last to weigh-in. His mother  Rosemary was 110.1 kgs and Kevin at 27 was This make him the heaviest contestant in the competition world wide. He was too big for obesity surgery so this is his last chance to lose some weight. Props to his girlfriend who is nice enough to put his shoes and socks on for him in the morning. It will be interesting to see how these new teams go and also if they are welcomed into the house by the other contestants.

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


1 Joseph Skyrim { 03.25.13 at 12:11 pm }

What gets me is that I would think going on a TV show is their “last ditch effort” to lose weight/not die or whatever. Yet prior to the show we see them mowing down tubs of ice cream and giant steaks, eating burgers in bed etc. Not sure they realize they can actually do -all- the stuff on the show, off the show.

Anywho I think Rich and Amber will be the first to go. Gerard and Todd should be in for a fair bit but I don’t see them winning (simply because there are heavier people even without the heavy weights), however I do see them keeping the weight off after the show is over. The only ones at this point actually.

2 brain dead dave { 03.25.13 at 12:24 pm }

If only this Cher could turn back time.

There’s been some controversy about Todd, his age and the potential for him being exploited. On the other hand since the younger males have an advantage at losing the weight, Todd’s in it up to his ears.

Shannan and Michelle primarily deal in verbal abuse. I expect neither have counselling qualifications – just mirrors for them to admire themselves in. Shannan nearly goes ar$e up when a jogging fatty pushes him away.

3 Emma { 03.25.13 at 12:46 pm }

I was thinking the amount of contestants looked a lot less than in previous years, so the two new teams makes sense. I guess they didn’t want them jumping off the cliff. I was wondering aloud if Kevin will be introduced to exercise slowly, as he is unable to put his own socks on, and potentially a heart attack risk. But then we see Shannan yelling at him. I guess I’m not a trainer, but I would think easing him into it would be better.

4 seepi { 03.25.13 at 1:02 pm }

I was shocked by Jess? sitting in bed surrounded by food wrappers and her dad bringing her more junk food to eat in bed – is he a single dad? She really doesn’t seem that motivated.

I was also shocked Kevin is the biggest ever – some of those US contestants seemed enormous. He seems like a nice guy. Amazing to think he could get that big, yet he works and has a a girlfriend etc.

5 gidgetvonlarue { 03.25.13 at 2:54 pm }

My two cents worth – it’s fun to tweet to! That’s all.

6 Amy { 03.25.13 at 3:06 pm }

“Brett lost 122.1 kgs” Wow! That’s amazing! 😉

Why would anyone call their child Cher? No wonder she’s got issues!

7 Helen { 03.25.13 at 3:24 pm }

I think the videos we see of the contestants eating a whole tub of ice-cream or the one of Jess getting out of bed and having her dad bring her takeaway which she ate on the bed are put on for shock value. These contestants definitely have made bad choices with eating and exercising but this is promo stuff. Trainers are tough, they have to be to get them going. I had a personal trainer once, really hard work (for me) but got me results, and I wasn’t even overweight so the contestants definitely need tough love. Hope Big Kev does well and stays in for a long time.

8 Laura { 03.25.13 at 6:35 pm }

I nearly cried when I caught the end of Biggest Loser and saw Kev walk out with his mum. There was so much desperation in her eyes.

I don’t watch this show as a rule – I can’t put my finger on it but there is just something that strikes me as evil about it.

I think the outcome is great – helping people lose weight and become more healthy – but the tone is all wrong. There is so much shame and exploitation in the format that it makes me feel incredibly uncomfortable and complicit just watching it.

I wish they would let go of the harsh US format and embrace a more nurturing approach, Masterchef Australia style. They don’t need all the drama and backstabbing.

Maybe if they get rid of the “voting people off” aspects and just let each contestant try their hardest. Instead they could have a judging panel of the trainers etc who take into consideration how much weight they have been losing and how dedicated they have been. Or it could just be numbers based.

I think there should also be resident counsellors and nutritionists whose advice is broadcast onscreen. Diet and mindset are, longterm, far more important than exercise and I don’t think Michelle and Shannan are qualified as they could be in those areas. There should be a more holistic, responsible approach to weight loss, in my opinion.

That’s just my 2 cents.

9 littlepetal { 03.25.13 at 10:14 pm }

Its was sickening watching Shannan telling Cher to be on 1000 cals a day and then pushing the Nature Way Krill Oil for niggling pain and Restore multi vitamins. Instead of getting the nutrients from food, he is telling them to pop some pills.

10 brain dead dave { 03.25.13 at 10:35 pm }

“Here Cher , just take these snake oil , der ~I mean krill oil pills that I advertise during the off season and I promise yaz you’ll lose the weight”

11 Soylent Green is People! { 03.25.13 at 11:11 pm }

And Krill Oil is dead Sea Monkeys -
Spit that shit out Cher, don’t swallow it!!

12 Georgie { 03.26.13 at 7:40 am }

Laura #8 – I agree with everything you said and I wonder why the need to vote people off at all? Surely if the producers are fair dinkum about helping these people there’s no need for eliminations – just use the weight loss and prize money as incentives and let them all go the distance. I watched the last 20 minutes last night and it was just a cry-fest. I hope they have professional counsellors available for these folk because this is serious stuff – it’s not a talent quest or cooking show.

13 Culinary Boner { 03.26.13 at 8:40 am }

Meanwhile, down at the Krill Oil Production Facility just opposite the Activated Almond Incubator…
Simon the Sea Monkey decided to joyously celebrate his final day before being processed into lubricant for fat people’s joints by going to the discotheque…

… he couldn’t help wondering if his mother somehow got it wrong when she told him he’d go the way of all Sea Monkeys and be consumed by a whale.

14 Georgie { 03.26.13 at 9:14 am }

Lol CB – what a great story.

15 Veronicali { 03.26.13 at 11:21 am }

I switched it on just as they were about to have another shame and cry fest. Switched it off.
Sounds like Cher’s (what was her mother thinking?) skinny bf’s missing the mark. Or can’t find it.
We shouldn’t be stealing food from whales, it’s tough out there in the ocean!

16 Daisy { 03.26.13 at 11:52 am }

CB@13 So you Easties just walk down the street and see pink sea monkeys. What an ordinary life we live in our little town.
Although your little monkey looks rather glum.

17 brain dead dave { 03.26.13 at 12:22 pm }

More creatures have to die to keep these lardarses sated than the average person. How much more methane do they produce, unnecessarily raising our carbon emissions?.

Big Kev must have been able to see the lard hitting the fan when he started working at Macca’s and then Domino’s when he was 14. According to Kev in No Idea his only exercise is getting from his whale sling to the car to get to work and back. Even then he needed a seat belt extension installed to make it all legal and safe for supermarket sorties that leave him totally exhausted.

The contrived cryfest in the theatre last night was business as usual for this show.Two nights in a row the shame has been laid on with the drawn out weigh in session and then the family blubfest last night. The Uncle Fester lookalike was howling like a baby. Embarrassing viewing.

18 Reality Raver { 03.26.13 at 12:40 pm }

Little Petal and BDD – yeah noticed the Krill Oil commercial and have now blogged on it
I was wondering whether it breached the industry code of practice.

19 Daisy { 03.26.13 at 12:44 pm }

The impact of being so obese must be huge. I had a work colleague that was as fat as these people and if she called in she broke furniture. I avoided taking her in my car because she was so heavy she would break the seats for sure. I’m sure I wouldn’t have been the only one weighing up the cost of a visit.
She would never know really the silent ways her weight was affecting her social life.

20 Georgie { 03.26.13 at 1:31 pm }

Rofl bdd, you always put things back into perspective.

21 Culinary Boner { 03.26.13 at 4:42 pm }

Regarding the earlier posted comment about Cher’s skinny boyfriend plus the far-too-early-in-the-night image of ’em getting it ornnn (for officially sanctioned procreation purposes only, of course), this triggered my memory bank to have a Beavis & Butthead meltdown:

22 Nikki { 03.26.13 at 7:59 pm }

Just for the few people commenting on the daughter’s name from the yellow team – her mum called her Cherlisa at one point in the episode, so I think Cher is just a nickname. I’d guess from that that she wasn’t actually named after the singer although anything is possible.

23 Culinary Boner { 03.26.13 at 8:08 pm }

Thanks Nikki. Umm. The Cher the singer reference made sense. Cherlisa, however. What could possibly explain that?

24 Cassandra { 03.27.13 at 7:00 am }

I can’t believe how cruel people can be you should all be ashamed of yourselfs. For a start her full name is Cher-Liza. And yes I admit that being overweight is not the best thing in the world to be but eating food and being lazy can be a bit of a addiction and the fact that they are coming up on national tv to say I have a problem can you help me is a testimony to how brave they are…which is more then I can say about all of you who are being so negative. If you don’t have something nice to say then don’t say anything at all.

25 Cassandra { 03.27.13 at 7:04 am }

I can’t believe how cruel people can be you should all be ashamed of yourselfs. For a start her full name is Cher-Liza, a combination of two family names. And yes I admit that being overweight is not the best thing in the world to be but eating food and being lazy can be a bit of a addiction and the fact that they are coming up on national tv to say I have a problem can you help me is a testimony to how brave they are…which is more then I can say about all of you who are being so negative. If you don’t have something nice to say then don’t say anything at all.

26 Culinary Boner { 03.27.13 at 9:26 am }

Hey Cassandra, you obviously unaware that reality TV is:
– a business that thrives on using, humiliating and spitting out it’s “talent” while raking in advertising revenue for such essentials as krill oil (Biggest Loser reaches a new height in this regard but MKR comes close this season), and is therefore either
– light entertainment, not to be taken seriously or, more likely,
– a vehicle to laugh at others and feel superior to the deluded participants; a kind of porn for misanthropes.

Ahhh… I luvs it. But not when it’s on night-after-night.

Michelle Bridges is cracking me up this season. It’s so clear she is newly single.

27 Daisy { 03.27.13 at 10:39 am }

That I don’t watch TBL aside, comment@24 is why I don’t comment on it either. Being expected to make sensitive and PC comments about a show where you see the morbidly obese people parading in their undies ……

28 brain dead dave { 03.27.13 at 11:32 am }

I could understand “Chow-lisa” but it’s a big fail for the parents to call someone Cher-Lisa. These bogan name inventions are always so declasse.

Brave? Rather than be laughing stocks every year on TBL being dazzled by prize money and the “exposure”, these deluded whales aren’t brave enough to go the most effective way and “journey” on a longer, slower more sensible weight loss program.

29 Daisy { 03.27.13 at 11:51 am }

BDD That’s keepin’ it real.

If the show wasn’t meant to have a gross out reaction, it would be filmed differently.