The people on this show are exactly what I hope NEVER to become. Obese, on the verge of death, and ashamed of it. Fat people can’t hide the fact that they’re fat. Everyone notices them and everyone judges them. Everyone knows your inner shame, everyone knows your weakness if you’re that fat.
The people on the show work out at least two hours a day and they work like crazy. Everything they say reinforces the idea of determination- they can’t give up! They have to lose the weight.
Most of them seem like binge eaters. There’s one kid this season who does exactly what I do- he hides food in his room, usually chocolate, and then eats it in the middle of the night. Except he doesn’t throw it up afterwards.
I wonder how effective the Biggest Loser is for binge eating versus other ED programs? It seems like they would be restricted from eating a lot of binge foods, so maybe they become cured. Maybe someone who’s overweight and has binge eating disorder only needs to buckle down and lose the weight and then they’ll stop binging.
Somehow, neither of those options seem very likely to happen. And yet the Biggest Loser has a lot of success stories. That’s what I’m going to take away from the show this year. That these are people with disordered eating habits who are recovering. I’m going to be inspired.