Last night’s episode of the Biggest Loser was about game play – or was it? The big controversy of this week’s show was the dividing of the remaining members into two teams – the Blue team to be trained by Bob and the Black team to be trained by Jillian. Of course, it would happen in true Biggest Loser-style by having 5 of the eliminated players from the show’s premiere come back for a spot on the ranch; the winner of that contest being able to choose the teams. So, is this show all about game playing?
Realistically, it’s a “reality” TV show, so of course it’s real, right? Um no. Not in today’s world. It’s called marketing and advertising. But let’s look beyond the marketing and advertising, the strife and conflict caused by the game playing and the strong personalities and look at the “heart” of the show.
- Real people trying to make real changes in their lives.
- Real people trying to overcome obesity by showing others how to do it.
- Real people going through challenges and struggles and living through it.
Is it for entertainment or is it for education?
That’s up for you to decide. Yes, it’s entertaining, sometimes. The commercials, the trainer tips, the pushing of the Biggest Loser products – all of these are geared towards one thing – making money. But maybe that money is being used to educate as well. There’s not another program out there that talks honestly about the statistics of obesity, shows the reality of obesity in people’s lives, and graphically illustrates the visual change in people as they lose weight and overcome obesity. And sometimes, it’s not a pretty picture.
The returning contestants all did a great job at home. Anna from Atlanta won her spot on the ranch by losing 39 lbs at home during the first 4 weeks. Anna has a compelling story about losing her 3-year old son to cancer. She is full of personality and determination as she is thrown into her first tough assignment, dividing up the teams. She gave up her own week’s immunity to be placed on the Black team trained by Jillian who quickly tells her to deal with the “deep issues that are holding you back”.
The challenge included nutritional tests as well which made it interesting because if you got the wrong answer, you had to compete a physical test. If you were right on the nutrition question, you went onto the next question. Hmmm, think nutrition might be just important as working out? In the end, the Black team wins the challenge after climbing 21 flights of stairs and won 40 weeks of Biggest Loser meal plan at home and letters from home. 4 of the 6 Black team members gave up their letters from home to members of the Blue team.
The rest of the program was devoted to the game playing – did Anna make the right choices in deciding the teams? Did Brendan throw the weigh-in for his advantage? Jillian reiterates to the Black team that they are there to inspire, not play games. In the end, Rick, the 54-year old endearing grandpa goes home to complete an amazing transformation. At the ranch, he had gone from start weight of 350 to 287. At home, he went from 287 to 230 – a total of 120 lbs. so far. Amazing! His best line from home “Even if you are in your 50’s, it’s not too old to change your life”. Hello? America, are you listening?
What did you think about Episode 5?
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