Former Biggest Loser: It's a Fat Shaming Disaster, I Thought I Would Die

Every day we read more and more about why The Biggest Loser, the competition which starves and humiliates useless fatties into the people they DESERVE to be is an awful and unhealthy mess. The finale airs on the 29th and one former contestant has chosen to speak up to tell the truth about what's really going on behind… »1/18/15 9:00pm1/18/15 9:00pm

Jillian Michaels Adorably Surprises Ex-Client On Say Yes to the Dress

Excluding a brief moment last winter when I watched all of season one of Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids edition in order to know what on earth my friends picked to be bridesmaids were talking about when they complained about plus ones and the cost of getting their hair done and terrible wedding favors, I'm not a… »10/10/14 6:30pm10/10/14 6:30pm

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… »4/10/14 4:00pm4/10/14 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 1:20pm4/03/14 1:20pm

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 11:30am2/05/14 11:30am

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

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 10:40am12/12/12 10:40am

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

In Sunday's New York Times »8/27/08 2:40pm8/27/08 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…