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Biggest Loser Claims Healthier Approach But Retains Hefty Flaws
Condensed by L.D. Ramirez from an Ars Technica article by Beth Mole

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Analysts note that the show's reboot still chooses to retain faulty mechanics like competitive weigh-ins after ridiculously rapid weight loss.


Numerous scientific studies concluded that the extreme weight-loss contest 'Biggest Loser' is harmful to both contestants and society at large. In response, the reality TV show is getting a revamped reboot on 2020.


In an interview with People magazine this month, host and personal trainer Bob Harper said that the new version will “not be about getting skinny, it’ll be about getting healthy.”


“The whole look of the show is going to be so different, and it'll now take a whole-body approach to weight loss."


However, analysts note that the show still chooses to retain faulty mechanics like competitive weigh-ins after ridiculously rapid weight loss.



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Lose weight at a safe and realistic pace by adopting a sustainable diet and attainable exercise goals.


“When you take people who have significant metabolic dysfunction and body size and you do rapid weight loss, I don’t care if you help them with sleep or you give them a class on stress or teach them how to breathe and relax. It’s just not going to be enough if you have put them through this 100-pound weight loss in a very short time period.” said Cynthia Thomson, a health promotion sciences professor at the University of Arizona.


The revamp may not improve things for viewers, either. Several research groups have suggested that the show’s depictions of its contestants end up reinforcing the idea that excessive weight gain is primarily caused by a lack of willpower - potentially increasing unhealthy and unfair contempt of overweight people.


Experts recommend that people attempting to lose weight do so at a safe, realistic pace by adopting a sustainable diet and tangible, but attainable, exercise goals. Also, rather than obsessing about weight loss, people should focus more on making lifestyle changes that improve health, such as lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.


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