The ‘shocking’ outcome of The Biggest Loser is not all that shocking

Fit and Feminist

I will come right out and say it: I am not a fan of “The Biggest Loser.”  I have not watched the show in years, and the few times I have watched the show I’ve found it disturbing and upsetting. I hated the way the contestants were paraded out in their underwear to stand on huge scales.  I hated the way the trainers screamed in the contestants’ faces.  I hated the way exercise was recast as something approaching a medieval instrument of torture instead of something that can be enjoyable and even pleasurable.  I hated that someone could be reduced to tears for “only” losing four pounds in a week.  I hated the whole fucking thing.  So I don’t watch it.  I don’t enjoy watching people be humiliated for the sake of entertainment, even if – especially if – it’s under the guise of inspiration.  Inspiration is all around us…

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