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Catherine Holecko

Should kids be Losers?

By December 7, 2012

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This week NBC announced that its weight-loss reality show, "The Biggest Loser," will return for its 14th season in January with two big changes. First, tough trainer Jillian Michaels returns after a departure from the show (and after becoming a mom of two). And for the first time ever, 3 kids will be among the show's participants. Two 13-year-olds and a 16-year-old will appear on the show, although they won't be competing for the Biggest Loser crown and $250,000 prize. Their progress will be featured in each episode, but the emphasis will be on their health instead of their weight. They won't be weighed on camera as the adults are.

NBC says that the kids' workouts will be age-appropriate and that a pediatrician who specializes in child obesity will work closely with the kids to "help them get healthy, achieve their personal goals and transform their lives." NBC says it hopes these kids will "serve as ambassadors of change who can inspire kids all over the country to get healthy."

What do you think? Inspirational, or inappropriate for kids this age?

December 8, 2012 at 10:53 am
(1) Susan says:

Children should not appear on reality shows, period. That’s exploitation. Whatever anxieties and issues the children have could be effectively magnified by media attention, and the children could end up in real psychological trouble.

December 10, 2012 at 3:52 pm
(2) Grandma Kc says:

I have to go along with Susan — as big as the problem is this is exploitation and I think it is wrong. I think everything should be done to help a child maintain a healthy weight but to me it just seems wrong and I can only imagine the ridicule those children will receive from the peers.

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