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Yale Researcher Expresses Concerns About The Biggest Loser and Kids

Yale researcher Rebecca Puhl writes "While the premise of the show (to promote significant weight loss among its contestants) is clearly apparent, the show has come under criticism from health experts for the methods and rate in which weight loss is achieved, the artificial environment created on the show which cannot be realistically replicated for the vast majority of Americans to want to lose weight, as well as the overly simplistic message communicated by the show that significant weight loss can be achieved through discipline and willpower. ...it appears that the show may be reinforcing weight-based stereotypes toward obese individuals and may not be particularly motivational for encouraging exercise behaviors...I hope that researchers will continue to pay attention to this and study the true impact of the show – especially on America’s youth who are watching." http://blogs.medscape.com/sizableissues

Ragen Chastain
8 years ago