Last week producers of The Biggest Loser reality TV show announced that they will be doing a kid’s edition of the show in order to address the childhood obesity epidemic. And I’m here to announce that those producers won’t make one ounce of difference in this insidious epidemic. It may generate profit for the investors. But it’s destined to have ZERO impact whatsoever on childhood obesity.
Picture Coach Jillian Screaming in the Faces of Kids
Just think about watching drill sergeant/ personal trainer Jillian Michaels in the faces of kids yelling, screaming, and humiliating them over and over again when they already think poorly of themselves. If that’s not enough to make you want to puke or at least switch channels you have no business ever being a parent or a teacher.
Its’ bad enough to watch her BULLY adults, people who are old enough to give their consent to this self-inflicted, flagellated foolishness. But kids? That’s sadistic. That’s stupid. That’s certainly not entertainment. And worst of all, it’s destined to do absolutely NOTHING to reduce childhood obesity rates across the nation.
Epidemics Have Never Been Rehabbed Into Submission
Why? For starters no one has ever successfully rehabbed an epidemic into submission. You don’t wait for your kids to get polio, small pox, or diphtheria before you have them vaccinated do you? You don’t wait until your car is burning up on the side of the road before you change oil do you?
It’s called prevention. Winning the war on any epidemic, including childhood obesity, is all about PREHABILITATION not rehabilitation. And Miss Jillian is stepping into the picture long after the obesity seed has already taken root.
External VS Internalized Motivation
Secondly, legitimate, long term changes are a function of internalizing the motivation, becoming self-propelled instead of being driven by some alien being. But coach Jillian offers nothing but external motivators in order to intimidate her victims into temporary submission. Check out what happens to these poor folks once her whip is put back in the closet and the intimidator is no longer yelling and screaming. Odds are the old habits will surface and they’ll gain all the lost weight back…and then some.
Awareness is no Longer the Issue
Third, producers of the Biggest Loser claim that the show will raise awareness on behalf of the childhood obesity epidemic. But if by some chance you’re unaware of the childhood obesity epidemic in this day and age you must be living under a rock.
Awareness is no longer the issue. Results oriented action that’s preventative rather than rehabilitative is the issue. Boots on the ground, getting down into the trenches with real live kids and helping them learn to fend off the poisons in our food, in our media, and in the environment is the issue. Reality TV has absolutely NOTHING to offer the childhood obesity epidemic. I predict that Coach Jillian will fall flat on her face this latest endeavor.