The Biggest Loser is a classic example of how wrong Americans have it about weight loss and why or how to do it.
Tragically, the show is in its 12th season. The Biggest Loser and it’s apparent success are not about a weight loss victory for the “contestants” but about the psychological principle of downward social comparison and human beings desire to feel superior. And viewers feel so superior to the contestants (those poor things…how sad…no matter how fat I feel, I’m at least not that fat, right?) that viewers come back week after week for more. More humiliation for the men and women who subject themselves to this torture on camera.
Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper want to be best buddies with these overweight souls, from time to time, Anna Kournikova too. They show their friendship through screaming at them and humiliating them…but it’s all in the name of getting healthy, right?
I wish there were statistics available about how many contestants regain the weight after the show is over, how many fight depression afterward, how “heroic” those fucking trainers seem to them once the show is over.
Humiliation is not a motivational tool. Screaming at a person is not loving them toward a weight loss goal but a way of exploiting a human being to get ratings. I am sure The Biggest Loser is motivating in one area…motivating some Americans to feel weight bias as it is sanctioned on prime time t.v.
Jillian seems to have moved on to other things…ruining more lives and posing for more photos in a sports bra? I hate her for her role in humiliating and exploiting fat people. I hate her for her outrageous sense of superiority costumed as support.