I’m watching The Biggest Loser. I have to say I love this show. Always have. Props to Cheryl Forbery, RD the show’s dietitian. I wish she got more screen time.
I was surprised (and not at the same time) with the contestants being clueless to the calories in the “super bowl foods”. The guesses between them for 7-layer-dip varied from 800 to 4,500 calories!
I though the celeb chef segment was excellent. He focused on flavoring healthy foods — without fat! He took 900 calorie chicken wings and converted them to a 200 calorie dish. He spent a day with one contestant, took him to the grocery store and cooked with him.
These small changes give big reactions! The contestants realize that the fatty foods aren’t worth the calories and hard exercise especially when there are alternatives that “taste better” in there opinion.
So I have to wonder… it is great that this show can reach the public… but is it scalable for public health?
Can’t we figure out how to get this type of personal attention (trainers, dietitians, and chefs) to families ready for a change? Sure… for the “right price”…
I would think that for one visit with a trainer, RD and chef it would run around $500-600. Multiply that times several hours a day of focused attention.
How do you take something that obviously works and scale it to the masses? Any ideas????
One criticism of the show is all the product placement. I don’t mind the “healthy” ads – loved the ziploc steamer bags (veggies, herbs, micro… done and done). But when “trainer” – not RD – Bob tells people to put away their oatmeal – a 1 cup portion… and replace it with “fiber one” cereal – a 1/2 cup portion, I just want to put a dunce cap on him. Hello???? A. Don’t treat oatmeal like a poor breakfast choice B. who in the world only sticks to 1/2 cup? Nobody. Now, don’t get me wrong… I love my fiber one cereals and bars. But be realistic with what you show…. Bob is mis-educating people. Show the world a real breakfast that includes the product placement (e.g. 1 cup cereal with milk and fresh fruit). Don’t make them think to eat a healthy breakfast they need to deal with 100 calories of cereal and 90 calories of milk.
To end on a high note, they did air that contestants skip breakfast… a big health no-no.