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 9:00pm 1/18/15 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 6:30pm 10/10/14 6:30pm

Jillian Michaels Retires From Yelling at People on The Biggest Loser

Jillian Michaels has opted not to return for season 16 of The Biggest Loser. NBC has released a statement on her departure but not word yet from Michaels herself. » 6/25/14 6:00pm 6/25/14 6:00pm

The Biggest Loser Won't Show Fat People Kissing

The Biggest Loser has amassed millions of fans by forcing a bunch of very very overweight people to exercise until they puke, weighing them in front of everyone, and then repackaging their suffering as inspiration for a nation of other, similar very very overweight people. But it doesn't take many hours of Biggest… » 5/13/14 7:10pm 5/13/14 7:10pm

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 4:00pm 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

Biggest Loser Trainer Was 'Stunned' By Winner's Weight Loss

Rachel Frederickson's win on this season of The Biggest Loser was marred by adverse fan reaction and concern trolling that she'd lost too much weight. Now, it seems that the fans weren't the only ones upset. » 2/07/14 4:00pm 2/07/14 4:00pm

Winner of The Biggest Loser Spent Entire Days on Her Treadmill

Rachel Frederickson, winner of this season of NBC's The Biggest Loser, spent yesterday answering questions about her life post-reality TV. Many of those questions were about audience reaction to the finale, and concerns that she'd lost "too much weight" for the show. » 2/06/14 10:00am 2/06/14 10:00am

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

Is "The Biggest Loser" Keeping Its Trainers In The Closet?

When Jillian Michaels came out as bisexual in Ladies' Home Journal last year, it wasn't a huge surprise. The fitness guru doesn't talk much about her personal life in the press, and has never spoken to the LGBT media. » 1/31/11 7:31pm 1/31/11 7:31pm

Jillian Michaels' Decision To Quit "The Biggest Loser" Is Killing Me…

America's favorite sadistic/hot weight loss coach Jillian Michaels will no longer be making America cry in pain on TV, as she wants a baby. Remember eight months ago, when she was all, "I'd never do that to my body"? » 12/12/10 12:45pm 12/12/10 12:45pm

Bigger Loser Finalist Says Show Gave Her An Eating Disorder

The Biggest Loser is so bad for its contestants, the millions who watch the show, and the culture in general. A former contestant can attest to this better than anyone. » 6/16/10 11:00am 6/16/10 11:00am

Do Plus-Size TV Shows Inspire Or Disgust?

Between Dance Your Ass Off, Ruby, The Biggest Loser, Drop Dead Diva and the forthcoming More To Love, plus-size TV is "big" right now, reports Lisa Respers France for CNN. Actually, she writes: » 7/22/09 12:30pm 7/22/09 12:30pm

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…

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… » 5/13/08 4:20pm 5/13/08 4:20pm