This season on The Biggest Loser, television’s toughest trainers are taking on more than just the 15 contestants who received a spot on this popular weight loss show. They are also battling childhood obesity and challenging America to do the same.
The goal of season 14 is to bring the epidemic of childhood obesity in the nation to the forefront. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 17 % of children or adolescents aged 2-19 years are considered obese. It is a startling statistic that the show hopes to bring to everyone’s attention.
In the first episode of the show, viewers were introduced to 3 obese teens, Bingo, Lindsay, and Sunny, ages 13, 13, and 16 respectively. The children spent the first week with the other contestants on The Biggest Loser ranch where they were put through physical fitness tests, learned about nutrition, participated in activities with the contestants and were pushed to their limits in workouts with the trainers.
The children’s journey toward health and fitness will take place off of The Biggest Loser campus, but they will receive support and visits from their assigned Biggest Loser trainer, visits and tips from various others in the wellness field. Each child has the specific job of being an Ambassador of Change and inspiring youth to live a healthier life. Their progress will be followed throughout the season.
Each week the show will continue to keep childhood obesity in the minds of its viewers by revealing more statistics, such as the average amount of hours children spend indoors playing video games and watching TV and consuming non-healthy foods. The show will also spotlight outsiders who are making efforts to combat this problem.
The Biggest Loser airs on Monday nights on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern.