Good Old Channel 10. By pure chance, Channel Ten have, at times in the past been hosts to wonderful programming but more often than not, they seem to be the nothing more than the home of material less interesting than yesterdays Weetbix. More recently 10 bought us such incredible commentary as Being Lara Bingle and Bikie Wars and when they realised they hadn’t yet scraped the bottom of the intellectual barrel, The Shire.
But it is the The Biggest Loser which raises the hackles of anyone that can think for themselves for more than two minutes.
There’s so much wrong with this show, that it’s a joke. If we were truly concerned about the possibility of a game show contestant expiring we wouldn’t be voting them off the island. We’d be committed to providing a medium that allows that person access to actual help.
Anyone who has ever competed in a physique contest, dieted to make a sports weight category, or even read a book, will know the importance of of caloric supply while introducing new loads.
You cannot take normally sedentary people, drive them like cattle while simultaneously cutting their dietary intake to that of a 12 year old girl without destroying the hormonal balance needed for a humans body to operate properly.
Sure, they’re destroying themselves with their current lifestyle but replacing one bad system with another is just stupid. We may as well use a night at the casino to replace their television watching. Where they’re at least standing and there’s the chance of winning money, right. It’s the same dumb logic.
And lets focus on the money for a minute. I’d love for someone to explain to me how $100,000 is enough profit sharing, to allow another human being the opportunity to publicly treat you in such a manner. Anyone who battles weight issues, hears those words already. Everyday, in their head, when they stand in front of a mirror.
Surely, contestants on these shows deserve a much bigger reward. The financial benefit that networks make from shows like The Biggest Loser, MasterChef and Big Brother demand bigger rewards for it’s participants. Can’t you win $200,000 on another show, just for opening a briefcase.
What irks me more than anything else on this show, is the lack of caring and bullying techniques. They have this incredible opportunity to directly change the lives of a dozen people each year and influence thousands of others, yet squander the opportunity.
Where are the interviews with psychologists, where are the teaching seminars. Why are the school jocks (PT’s) shown to be the font of all knowledge. There are some really great PT’s out there who have helped thousands of people lose weight during their careers.
But for most people, it won’t stay off until someone takes them down a dark tunnel and forces them to face their demons. This is a journey to be taken with a trained and educated professional, such as a Psychologist. Success in one field, does not make thee a specialist in everything. despite what our own media release may tell us.
I used to enjoy this show, because I’m smart enough to see the mistakes in the advice given and the competitions structure. I also used to enjoy the thought that there maybe someone out there, that may use the examples they’re shown as motivation to seek professional help from their GP. I especially, used to enjoy seeing people change their lives in front of us.
Now though, I’m a parent of children that are old enough to understand the demonisation of fellow humans, who will learn from this show that it’s OK to bully other people, if you’ve decided it’s in their best interests.
So my family will take the segments allotted to The Biggest Loser and use that time to excerise. Not just because we want to show our children that being active is a healthy option for a better life but because doing things together builds stronger individuals and stronger families.
So thank you Channel 10 for pushing me to be even more involved with my kids, it’s just a shame your sponsors get no benefit because of the format in which you’ve chosen to present your “entertainment”. What do you think? Is it OK for a TV shows contestants to be bullied?