tipping the scales

If a person was morbidly obese, to use the medical term, and applied to be on a weight loss television show such as Biggest Loser, but was rejected for not being fat enough, is that a glass half full or glass half empty life moment?

23 thoughts on “tipping the scales

  1. Definitely glass half full.
    Obviously it tells them that there folk worse off than them.
    But also they’ve avoided the degrading spectacle that is reality TV.

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  2. Not to sound mean, but the network just turned down ratings gold. Millions would have tuned in to see the person either lose an unimaginable amount of weight, or stroke out trying…Does Aussie television have ridiculous reality shows, or is it just the US that enjoys showing off its bruised underbelly to the rest of the world?

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    • It appears that we have every version of every show on USA TV plus a couple of our own creation. Recently we sent Kevin Federline off to the Australian dessert and to the point of being hospitalised in an effort to get ratings (it failed). Now we have Seal and Keith Urban judging with their eyes closed.

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      • I knew about the Celebrity Fit Club AU (Federline) but what on earth is going on with the Seal/Keith Urban show?

        Biggest Loser had “normal” obese people for the first couple of seasons but then they added a “super obese” person (yes, there is a category above “morbidly obese”) and the ratings went up. So now it’s nearly all “super obese”. It’s gotten too predictable so I doubt it will be on the air for much longer.

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  3. the networks know what they’re doing; they’re always one or two steps ahead of us . I assume they coldly calculate what will work best for ratings —- as for your question , it is like my recent blog ‘A Mystery For My Readers’: there are answers but is there a right answer?

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  4. Interesting. The problem with that show is that there are people like me who could stand to lose some weight, but we see the folks they choose for that show (many of them still weigh more than I do after several months) and think, “Well, I’m not that bad after all!”

    I wonder too … if the person REALLY wanted to be on that show, would they start eating more?

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    • Good question – one person’s motivation is another person’s demotivation. I wish that people with weight issues would just realise that (a) no one and nothing can do it for you; and (b) there is no quick fix, it takes time; sometimes not months but years. However, it can be achieved.

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  5. I used to work with a lady who wanted to have bariatric surgery, but she wasn’t heavy enough to qualify. So she kept a drawer full of candy and snacks, so that she could fatten herself up…

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  6. LOL. That reminds me of a reality TV show focusing on this one celebrity family. The husband wanted to get his stomach stapled, but his doctor refused to recommend it, saying he wasn’t really obese, just overweight. So there was a whole episode devoted to the husband eating ridiculous amounts of ice cream, pizza, pastas in cream sauce, etc. After a while however, I got nauseated and shut the TV off. Honestly, fat is fat, and it can kill you. No amount of fame or riches can make up for that.

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  7. Hmmm. One of my in-laws was rejected from bariatric surgery for that reason. She intentionally put on twenty more pounds. She got the surgery. She lost almost all the weight she wanted. Five years later, she’s put it all back on. I wonder how many of these reality show people make a permanent change?

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    • I have seen quite a number in Australian magazines declaring that they put it all back on plus a bit more when back in their normal lives. It has to be a lifestyle change they can sustain, not just when they are isolated and exercise all day.

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    • Not many. That’s why we don’t see many 1+ year follow ups anymore. Ali Vincent (first female winner) has stayed healthy and has her own show now but even she has regained some (hopefully as muscle instead of fat).

      I’ve read that while on Biggest Loser, they work out 6-8 hours per day, ever day, and often starve themselves and/or eat nothing but asparagus (diuretic) on weigh-in days.

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