In case you haven’t been clocking society’s most topical reality fitness TV show debates, then allow me to catch you up super quick. There’s this little show called The Biggest Loser and recently, it’s sparked controversy when its winner revealed that she had lost well over half of her original body weight in just four and a half months, leaving her at a BMI that classifies her as underweight. And, boy did that enrage a lot of people. How dare she lose weight in a most probably unhealthy way when put on a show whose goal is to get you to lose as much weight as possible without ever exactly teaching you how?
And that’s where the producers of the show finally removed their nails from in between their teeth for long enough to tell us to settle down because they plan to change the show for the better. They’re laying out those stupidly long blueprint sheets that movie characters always have hanging around on a table as we speak and are figuring this thing out.
Person: “How about we give it a complete overhaul and introduce The Biggest Schmoozer, where everyone shares their best pick-up lines?”
Other Person: “That’ll never work. Now, The Biggest Bruiser, where a group of weirdos give each other purple nurples? It’s a thousand— no no, trillion dollar idea! Trillion still comes after thousand, right?”
Other Other Person: “How about we, uh, take accountability for the fact that our show sets unrealistic and unhealthy expectations for the journey to a healthier lifestyle?”
At which point, they all agreed that OOP was much more qualified for their job than the other two, or so says my imagination. But also, so says our eternal BFF “the source” to E! Online.
“Producers are considering some ‘small but significant tweaks’ to the series’ production, sources connected to the show tell E! News, including more support and check-ins for contestants after they shoot the final episode…’There might be more focus on what happens to the winner after they are supposedly done with the show.’”
I’m all for reality shows that fall into the Maybe-Maybe-Not Moral pile (because I might be a little bit of a crappy person). But even The Biggest Loser hits me right in the ethics. That’s why I’m glad that those who can, are working toward improving the way the show presents ideas that can and possibly already have give people the wrong idea about weight loss. It’s like, yes, if you closely monitor your diet and exercise habits, you’ll be able to lose weight. Also yes, if you then let your contestants waddle out into the world like newborn baby ducks, they might come back and shock you in a not great way. And, if all goes well, this show will now work to prevent that from happening in the future, both on the show and as a result of it.
So, in response to the world saying “Biggest Loser, you’ve got to do better,” they thankfully are making efforts to do just that. Now, we just have to wait for them to put their thousand — no, no trillion dollars where their mouths are.