Parents of ‘Biggest Loser’ Contestants Are Taking the Easy Way Out in Battle Against Child Obesity

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Teens on The B'iggest Loser

You must have seen the commercial by now for the new season of The Biggest Loser. You know, the one where we can't help but notice that this time around there are three teenagers on board. Yup, meet Lindsay Bravo (13), Noah "Biingo" Gray (13), and Sanjana "Sunny" Chandrasekar (16) -- three teens that literally stopped me in my tracks the other night as I saw their faces span across my TV.

I get it. NBC wants to touch on the overarching problem of child obesity in our nation. Trainer Jillian Michaels told People that their involvement on the show is "about reeducating them and working on their goals." She also said that the show will serve as an "introduction to an active lifestyle and helping them feel better about themselves."

Yes, it's great that these kids are getting a handle on their weight. I think it takes a REALLY brave kid to do it on national television. I just can't help but wonder, though, would you want this for your teen? For me, I'm not so sure.

The stories behind these three teens are heartwrenching. Being bullied at school, constantly moving, feeling alone all the time -- they've been through a lot at their age. 

I think what concerns me the most about these kids is the backlash that may come out online and in the media. While being bullied at school is hard and difficult no matter your shape or size, imagine how difficult it could be when forums are created to talk about the contestants on message boards, or Facebook pages even. I cringe thinking about the horrible things that some people might say.

I don't personally know anyone who would have the heart to talk down to these inspiring teens knowing that they're trying to better their lives; however, there are those horrible people out there. Those judgemental people. Those bullies that don't want to face their own problems so they pick on others. Unfortunately, being involved in such a major competition opens these kids up to those critics.

If I were a parent, knowing that kind of thing can happen and still allowing their kids on the show, I just don't know if I could handle it. Maybe I'm being too close-minded. For me, though, I just don't know if the benefits outweigh the risks. I'd try to think of every other possible thing I could do to help my child get fit before putting them out for all of America to see. You mean to tell me there's no gym they can join, trainer they can hire, or books that they could read together to inspire a positive change at home? I just don't believe it.

One thing's for sure, though. These three teens are three brave individuals. I'll be tuning in, definitely.

What do you think about these three teens being on The Biggest Loser? Would you allow your child to do the same thing?


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Pinkmani Pinkmani

Yes, very concerned about the backlash. The teasing and name-calling. But then again, this is a great lifestyle change for the kids and maybe they will inspire other young ones to take control over their health. If I were a their age, I couldn't do it. Society is too cruel. 

CLM3345 CLM3345

Yes, they will be on TV. The article also clearly stated they will be doing this from home and their weight will NOT be displayed. Althought bullying is a big issue, most people are not jerks and will probably be very supportive. I think it's a great idea. Their parents let them get this way, so someone has to teach them  proper nutrition and excercize.

RMT1995 RMT1995

They're teenagers with health concerns and asking for help - obviously their parents aren't equipped to help them, so I see no issue with this. Sure, some little jerk will probably say something mean on Facebook. But some little jerk is probably already saying something mean to their face or behind their back. They're taking an opportunity to educate themselves and improve their health, which might lead to less teasing than they're probably already subjected to, among other things. If it was completely their decision, then I think it's a good thing for them.

Flori... Floridamom96

I think it's one thing to be concerned about these children and something else entirely to criticize their parents.

slwinner slwinner

WOW! So if the kid is fat it's the parents fault? A fat 5 year old is probably the parents fault. A fat 16 year old? I think not. No parent of a teenager controls their food intake all day. At best you get one meal to prepare and see them eat. The rest of the time they make their own decisions about what to eat. I was raised in a home where we ate healthy and did not have junk food. I gained 20 pounds freshman year of college. I came home from break FAT. I figured it out. My parents were not to blame for my weight. Not then, not now. I have two kids. A "fat" one and a skinny one. They are both fine. I stress healthy meals and moderation. Can we just support these kids who are putting themselves out there with positive comments. God bless them and the parents for trying to make a change.

nonmember avatar jess

slwinner: yes, a 16 year old that is overweight is the parents fault. they are the ones purchasing the food. they are the ones that got them on the unhealthy path in the first place. look at the kids on this show all their parents are fat themselves.

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