Biggest Loser’s cruelest elements: weigh-in outfits, two-hour episodes, more
It would be the perfect time for the show to dump its most egregious elements, primarily its offensive product placement and glacial pace, but I’m not holding my breath.
On his hilarious site 11 Points, my friend Sam Greenspan has listed the 11 cruelest aspects of The Biggest Loser, and his list turns out to be a list of what’s wrong with the show. Unlike me, Sam actually still watches the show, but about the only point I disagree with him on is the temptation challenges, which are somewhat cruel but are also a good approximation of the tough choices people face in the real world.
But otherwise he hits it all: the bloated, two-hour episodes; the increasing obesity of the contestants; the unrealistic expectations the show creates (never mind that it gave a contestant an eating disorder); the shameless whoring for products like gum. For the sake of the show, its audience, and its contestants, I hope at least some of that changes along with the trainers.