Fat Shaming: Biggest Loser


This link directs you to the “Biggest Loser” reveal, which talks about fat shaming. I was disgusted that trainers would knock the contestants down a peg or two by telling them that being fat is their own fault and this show was their punishment. They had to endure working out even when they were sick, dehydrated, and bleeding in their shoes. The fact that no one is allowed to make any comments on the show because they had signed a contract or that their laptops are being bugged is also worrisome. These men and women experience psychological trauma from this show, and sometimes even walk out injured. I implore you not to watch “Biggest Loser,” because it is not a show that treats their contestants appropriately. They take advantage of men and women being overweight, blame them, and overexert them, (making them workout for long hours and eat less calories which can harm the metabolism). People have been said to have walked off this show with health problems. I can’t believe this show used to be one of the most popular shows on television and raked in over $100 million dollars. Not everyone gains weight because of their eating habits. Some people are naturally born with more water weight, or pounds that should be embraced as long as they are healthy and happy. Societies crass expectations that everyone should look a certain way and act a certain way is disturbing. Maybe instead of changing the people we should change our outlook on ‘beauty,’ ‘normality,’and ‘sense of self’ because these people on the show like many others are shamed by their outer appearance and given very little regard to how they feel on the inside. Societies’ expectations are far too high, they seek perfection. Nowadays the body image should be lean, beautiful, smart, tall, and covered in makeup. While it is important to have an education, everyone has their own mental capacity, instead of harking on those who are slower we should support them to help them reach their full potential. The idea that someone should be lean is controversial I suppose. We are born the way we are born. Everyone of us needs to be able to look in the mirror everyday and think, “I am happy with who I am, no matter what anyone else says or thinks.” Self confidence is a huge issue. The contestants on Biggest Loser are humiliated because they are not only told that how they look is wrong, they are shamed on live television for thousands of people to see and let’s be honest, judge. We tend to think, “well it was their decision in the first place to go on the show.” Does that make it right? No, no it does not. They should be loved for who they are. Again, if you are not healthy or happy as you are than you can take measures to change. Eat healthier and work out more, but do not kill yourself over it. I am sick of people always judging and being bullies to those who are out of the “ordinary.” What is ordinary? What is normal? No, there is no such thing. We are the way that we are. Each person is unique and offers something different to the table. That was my mindset in high school, and it has not changed. People used to look at me as if I were crazy, even teachers would ask me why I was talking to a certain person because they are well, “different.” No one can tell me who I am, or who I am going to talk to. It’s no secret that I am a quiet girl. I’ve lived with that label my whole life. Frankly I’m sick of it. No matter how much I talk to someone else I am still always the shyest or quietest. That is just who I am. I felt ashamed for far too long because I thought that being quiet meant there was something wrong with me. Why am I not as talkative as everyone else? Do I make conversation? I try, but no matter what I always see those looks and glances of judgement. It makes me feel ashamed of who I am, and no one should feel that. Those I had spoken to in high school were not “ordinary” I suppose but they were extraordinary. I talked to them because I liked who they were, I understood them, and I wouldn’t want to change a thing about them.  I will not take any flack for someone saying that, that person is weird and I shouldn’t be talking to them. They are who they are, as I am who I am, and you are as you are. Stop always trying to compare yourself to others or societies’ expectations and just be happy with yourself and the people you surround yourself with. As John Watson once said, “Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” The show “Biggest Loser” should help to open up our eyes and see that there is nothing wrong with the contestants themselves, but with our views picked up from unrealistic expectations that the media often endorses.

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