My Body Is Undisciplined and I Deny Myself Nearly Everything I Desire

I watched the first few seasons of The Biggest Loser avidly. The show offered the ultimate fat girl fantasy—go to a "ranch" for a few months, and under the pressure of intense personal trainers, low caloric intake, the manipulations of reality show producers and the constant surveillance of television cameras, lose the… » 4/10/14 4:00pm 4/10/14 4:00pm

Smallest Ever Biggest Loser Winner Gains 20lbs, Feels Much Better

Rachel Frederickson, the Biggest Loser whose dramatic weight loss prompted a series of uncomfortable discussions about what the fitness competition show is actually promoting (a lot of people's guess: exploitative, unhealthy self deprivation sold as entertainment), has gained about 20 pounds since the show's finale.… » 4/03/14 1:20pm 4/03/14 1:20pm

Jillian Michaels Thought Rachel Frederickson Lost Too Much Weight

Not that anyone was desperately waiting for her to chime in, but it seemed pretty likely that, after Jillian Michaels' said she wouldn't be commenting on Rachel Frederickson's dramatic Biggest Loser win, she wouldn't actually be commenting. Except yes, she will be commenting. » 2/28/14 6:30pm 2/28/14 6:30pm

Biggest Loser Winner Says She 'Maybe' Took Things Too Far

The cover story for People magazine this week is an interview with Biggest Loser contestant Rachel Fredrickson, who told the magazine that she might have gone a little overboard with her decision to workout basically all day, everyday leading up to the finale. » 2/12/14 1:00pm 2/12/14 1:00pm

People Are Freaking Out Over 'Skeletal' Biggest Loser Winner

After this season's final contestant on the popular weight loss show The Biggest Loser confidently strode onstage last night, she was met with halting applause from the audience and looks of shock from the show's trainers. Rachel Frederickson, formerly 260lbs, now weighed in at 105 lbs. She'd won by losing 60% of her… » 2/05/14 11:30am 2/05/14 11:30am

Because We Don't Hate Fat Kids Enough, The Biggest Loser Now Has…

The Biggest Loser, NBC's cash cow "reality" hit that teaches grown-ass men and women to hate the fat away, is now allowing teens on the show. I think their new tagline is, "Because adults shouldn't be the only one running on treadmills until they puke." There's no better way to get children on the fast track to eating… » 12/12/12 10:40am 12/12/12 10:40am

Worth It: Workout DVDs For The Athletically Challenged

Much unlike many a magazine editor who recommends you buy all sorts of crap that they most likely got for free, your Jezebel staff doesn't get jack shit (other than books, unsolicited). And that's how it should be. But on our own time, in our personal lives, we still buy stuff. So this is Worth It, our daily… » 10/28/11 3:05pm 10/28/11 3:05pm

Do Queen Latifah's Jenny Craig Ads Herald A New Era Of Televised Body…

In Sunday's New York Times » 8/27/08 2:40pm 8/27/08 2:40pm Alessandra Stanley offered an discussing the extremity of the weights we see on TV. There are, Stanley notes, "supersized" contestants on weight loss spectacles like , while "sitcom moms and crime-show detectives are reed thin," but "real women - and the national average is between size 12 and…

Do I Really Have To Lose My Shit All The Time?

I am a pathological loser. Possessions seem to literally reject me as a host. Take this morning: I couldn't find money for coffee. "I have your wallet; I'll bring it to the office," an email said. On Saturday the email said "I have your hoodie." The Saturday before it was I who had his hoodie. In moments it seems sweet and … » 5/13/08 4:20pm 5/13/08 4:20pm

Chewing Gum: America's Newest Snack Food!

I was watching the Biggest Loser on Tuesday at the gym, (Is it masochistic to watch a weight-loss show while working out? Sadistic? Just ooky? Whatever. I digress.) and I noticed a commercial for Extra! Gum, touting it as "the long lasting 5-calorie snack" that will "take you from 'nice gut' to 'nice butt.'" The… » 3/14/08 2:30pm 3/14/08 2:30pm

Being Weight-Obsessed Makes You the Biggest Loser

Perennial dieters have a new fixation for their weight neurosis: competing with the contestants on the Biggest Loser. According to a New York Times "Thursday Styles" section "trend" piece, The Biggest Loser is bumming viewers out because they're not losing weight as quickly as the contestants on the show itself. The fans… » 10/18/07 10:30am 10/18/07 10:30am