‘The Biggest Loser’

Does watching the show “The Biggest Loser‘ have more negative or positive views on overweight individuals? A study has shown that there is a negative consequences of viewers watching this show against overweight individuals.. interesting!

Published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, participants included 59 people, mostly white women who were around the age of 20. Half of the participants were assigned to watch an episode of “The Biggest Loser’ while the others remaining watched a show that could have no influence on the viewer’s feelings about weight. The participants were given surveys one week before viewing the shows and right after viewing the shows, where questions were geared toward obesity.

It was found that after viewing “The Biggest Loser,’ viewers had more anti-fat attitudes including that weight is controllable and there was more of a dislike of overweight people than there was in the control group.  It is interesting to read about this because during this show, we view overweight individuals who have been struggling with their weight, to work hard and achieve a healthy weight goal. You would think that viewers would feel happy and motivated for them, however that wasn’t the case during this study. Authors believe that the mentality of those watching this show are if these people can lose weight, so can everyone else who is overweight or obese if they work toward it.

What do you think about this? Questions? Comments?



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