The Biggest Loser Season 14

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    For its 14th season, weight loss reality show "The Biggest Loser" is targeting a new demographic: overweight teenagers. The bootcamp-style weight loss program will be taking on childhood obesity for the first time -- and not everyone is on board. The decision to include young contestants in the new season has incited strong reactions both for and against the idea.
    Season 14 of "TBL," which will premiere in January 2013, will feature three teams of six contestants each, one of whom will be a teen between the ages of 13 and 17. According to NBC, host Jillian Michaels' goal with the new season is no less than ending childhood obesity.
    "As a former overweight teen, I know firsthand how dramatically weight issues can affect every aspect of a child's life," Michaels said in a recent statement. "Having recently become a mother of two, I am more passionate than ever about helping empower children and families with the information and resources they need to live a healthier life."
    Michaels acknowledged that childhood obesity was a controversial topic which would would need to be handled with care. In an interview with Al Roker of TODAY, Michaels said:
    "The producers of the show have been consulting some of the top experts -- pediatricians, child psychologists -- to help us deal with this in the most delicate and appropriate ways. For example, we won't be saying things to kids like, 'How much weight did you lose?' It's about getting them healthy, using words like 'healthy.' We won't be getting them on a scale; it's about getting them on a softball team -- things like that. We're very cognizant of how touchy it is, how controversial it is. And yet, of course, that's right where I want to be, right in the sweet spot, right in the frying pan. I couldn't miss an opportunity to be part of it."​
    The show's producers have stated that the teens will not be subject to the same tough-love tactics as the adult contestants. Moreover, their weigh-ins will not be featured on the show and they will not be subject to elimination. The focus of the teens' transformation, Michaels commented, would be health -- not weight or clothing size.
    But not everyone is convinced. Many critics, some of whom are concerned parents, have expressed reservations about the exploitation of the teens on the show.
    "Three overweight kids are about to be put out on a national stage for the rest of us to gawk at. As a former fat kid, I'm going to come right out and say it: this might just be the WORST thing you can do to your overweight kid!" wrote Jeanne Sager on Cafe Mom's The Stir blog. "I can only guess these poor kids are in for a whole lot of public shaming."
    What do you think -- is the show a good way to tackle the issue of childhood obesity, or is it making a spectacle of overweight teens? Share your thoughts in the comments below or tweet @HuffPostTeen.
  2. I'm confused, will it be Bob, Jillian, AND Dolvett?
  3. I hadn't heard if Dolvett was invited back for this season. I just know about Bob and Jillian. I don't know how well this new format will do. I think people tune in for the "weigh-ins" and to see how much weight people have lost, and how different they look. And let's face it, Jillian was famous for her yelling and counseling antics. I'm sure I'll tune in for awhile, but if it's just counselling and therapy, I won't tune in for long.
  4. So, who is watching?
  5. I'm watching The Biggest Loser for the first time tonight and so far I'm liking it...and I just LOVE Biingo! Whatta sweetheart!

    And as always, love Jillian Michaels! Like I said, I've never watched the show...but I have almost all of her workout DVDs and just love her.
  6. I watched the premiere because they brought Jillian back and I was so excited!!! My son and I watched together every week before she left because we both loved it, but when she left we quit just wasn't the same. Very happy to have her on again and she looks fantastic!!
  7. #7 Jan 7, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2013
    watched the premiere and I've never watched any biggest loser show before... wow, I think their first workouts were way too hard!!! :nogood: even normal weight people that haven't been working out would struggle... I mean, it's all for entertainment, but if people start vomitting, falling down and even passing out?! :thinking:
  8. Last night was the first time I watched it in a while and it bothered me so much. I couldn't sleep well.

    People were crying. That always makes me uncomfortable. I didn't feel it was authentic. Too much drama and not enough respect for the contestants (in the editing/production). But I guess that's how they get ratings.

    Why did the guy vomit? Was he forced to work out too soon after a meal? I've been doing Insanity for 6 months and the only time something "comes up" is when I didn't wait a whole hour after eating a small meal. I would think that the vomiting could have been avoided with proper coaching and I felt it was put in there just for drama.

    Not a fan of Jillian (she doesn't even know how to control her own dogs), but last night she made sense to me. Get out of your head and do the work. That makes perfect sense to me. Weird how she lost 2 people the first week, though.

    I'll admit that I was on the Internet and only half paying attention, but what I didn't hear acknowledged was how much harder these contestants are working than people who are at a healthy BMI. A lot of these people are carrying an extra hundred pounds. That's 2 giant bags of dog food. How would anyone be able to move for extended periods of time carrying 2 giant bags of dog food? They have to have a lot of muscle just to carry that weight around. It can't be that they are in bad shape as much as it is that they have to carry the extra weight everywhere they go.

    With the kids, I'm more concerned about their being around all that toxic energy than I am about their public exposure.

    At least they did the weigh-ins faster. Always hated the tease sound effects. But 21 pounds in a week? That's scary.

    Oh well. I WANTED to like it. :shrugs:
  9. I watched, and will continue to watch I'm sure. I was very shocked that, the one contestant quit the show. There are thousands that apply and quite a screening just seemed like such a waste of time to me. And now Jillian's team is down 2 members.