Sounds like the Biggest Loser isn’t the confidence-boosting, health advocacy reality show that I always thought it was…
According to the New York Post, former contestant Kai Hibbard does NOT have good things to say about her participation in the television mainstay.
The whole f- -king show,” she says today, “is a fat-shaming disaster that I’m embarrassed to have participated in.”
Bold words! Since its premiere in 2004, “The Biggest Loser,”- which pits obese contestants against one another in a race to lose the most weight-has been one of the most popular reality shows of all time. But in this illuminating interview, Kai really does let us know what’s REALLY going on when the cameras aren’t filming…
“You just think you’re so lucky to be there,” Hibbard says, “that you don’t think to question or complain about anything.”
On staying in her hotel room when not filming: “The hotel will report to them if you leave your room,” Hibbard says. “They assume you’re going to talk to other contestants.”
On suspecting her computer was bugged: “The camera light on my MacBook would sometimes come on when I hadn’t checked in,” she says. “It was like Big Brother was always watching you.”
On not being able to call home: “I know that one of the contestants’ children became very ill and was in the ICU,” Hibbard says. “He was allowed to talk to his family — but he didn’t want to leave, because the show would have been done with him.”
On working out from 4-8 hours a day: “There was no easing into it,” Hibbard says. “That doesn’t make for good TV. My feet were bleeding through my shoes for the first three weeks.”
On bullying: “They would say things to contestants like, ‘You’re going die before your children grow up.’ ‘You’re going to die, just like your mother.’ ‘We’ve picked out your fat-person coffin’ — that was in a text message. One production assistant told a contestant to take up smoking because it would cut her appetite in half.”
Read the rest of this sad and fascinating story HERE. Wow.
Posted Monday, January 19th, 2015 at 10:10am
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