'Sister Wives' Recap: Janelle Is the Biggest Loser

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meri and janelleHere's the deal: In my recap of this week's Sister Wives, I'm not going to make any comments about polygamy or criticize Kody Brown or contemplate the pros and cons of growing up as one of 16 children. Nope, not gonna do any of that, because when I think of last night's episode, a much greater injustice comes to mind. See, Janelle was forced to get on the scale in front of all the other wives and announce her weight to the world.

That's just not okay.

To be fair, Meri, Christine, and Robyn were required to do the same. It was all part of the group session with personal trainer Bob meant to launch a sort of "Sister Wives Get Healthy!" kick (hmm, I bet Michelle Obama had something to do with this).

But come on, it's obvious that Janelle is overweight. Did the poor woman really have to tell the country she weighs 271 pounds??

Janelle clearly did not want to get on the scale; she apparently never told anyone her weight before. Her physical appearance, she said, has always been her "Achilles' heel."

Again: Obviously. Already we've had to watch this lady stand by and watch as her husband frolicked about with newest addition Robyn (the lightweight of the group, Robyn tipped the scales at 158 pounds ... pregnant). We've had to watch her struggle with the career changes that went along with the family's move from Utah to Nevada (in my opinion, Janelle derived much of her sense of self from her role as a breadwinner).

And now this?? Oh, the indignity!

Only slightly comforting is the fact that Meri and Christine weren't too far behind Janelle (though they are significantly taller): Meri weighed 214 pounds; Christine weighed 222 pounds.

Still, I'm definitely feeling like Janelle could use a pep talk or something. Can we arrange a "Janelle's Day at the Spa" episode?

Did you feel bad for Janelle when she had to get on the scale?

 

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Marjc... Marjchaos

Huh. Does he just get a new one every time the last one gets fat?

Lovin... LovingKentucky

I feel terrible for Janelle!  Bless her heart!   None of their weights should've been announced.  Weight is just one factor in being healthy, they shouldn't focus on the numbers & instead focus on feeling good.

Kritika Kritika

Clearly the'yre eating away their loneliness. I think they'll all be much, much, much happier under one roof.

Lynette Lynette

the first wife married in thin.  But #2 & 3 were heavy in their wedding photos.  Poor Janelle, that would suck to be weighed like that!!!

jaxmadre jaxmadre

You know when I saw the preview for this episode I thought "Ohhh, so that's what he does? Once the old wife gets fat, find with a new, thinner wife to add on..."
That IS humiliating. Did HE get on the scale, too in front of the cameras? Screw him. There wouldn't be enough love in the world to keep me married to that man.

Agent... Agentmomyyc

They could drop 200lbs quick if they got rid of that peacock cody.

Lori Bumgarner Land

I felt very sad for Janelle as well. I have more respect for her than I do for the other wives and I like her personality. It must have been gut wrenching for her last night. I agree a day at the spa is in order for her, and I am cheering her on to lose the most weight and have the most success with working out at the gym!

Bridgitt Bridgitt

So you thought you'd help out by posting it on here for anyone who missed it on tv? Also, no one made her do it. She could have said no.

Texas... TexasWife

I have always felt for her. She seems to be the one who has been having a hard time adjusting period. I would just like to know that she is actually happy. Sorry i just always remember her getting so upset that she walked off set when Robyn announced that what his face helped with the wedding dresses. It seems that she has felt unloved and left out. 

nonmember avatar kimberly

I think janelle, christine, nd meri should all leave. Let robyn have him. She'll see how he is when she gains some weight nd trades her in too. They deserve better. Once the lose the him, they will shed the pounds in no time.

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