The Biggest Loser

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LA Sheriff: We're Looking Into Biggest Loser Drug Rumors

Ex-contestants say show's weight-loss tactics ruined their metabolisms and their lives

(Newser) - A New York Post exposé on alleged drug distribution on the Biggest Loser has now led to a probe by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, BuzzFeed reports. The investigation officially started last month after an unnamed journalist "advised Malibu/Lost Hills station personnel of a news report regarding... More »

Biggest Loser Contestants: We Starved, Used Drugs

The show's doctor denies the allegations

(Newser) - San Francisco police officer Mark Yesitis has seen some bad stuff: "I've seen people's brains outside their heads," he tells the New York Post . What could be worse than that? "Being on The Biggest Loser." Yesitis is among several contestants of NBC's long-running... More »

Biggest Loser Winner Regained the Weight: 'To Hell With Shame!'

But Ali Vincent is determined to get fit again

(Newser) - Ali Vincent lost 112 pounds to become the first female winner of The Biggest Loser in 2008, and even continued her "fitness journey" in another reality show that aired between 2011 and 2014, E! reports. But today Vincent, who weighed 234 pounds when she started The Biggest Loser, has... More »

Biggest Loser Star Dead at 38

Damien Gurganious died of rare autoimmune disorder

(Newser) - Another reality star has died too young. Damien Gurganious, 38, died Monday of a rare autoimmune disorder, People reports. Gurganious competed on the seventh season of the Biggest Loser in 2009, a couples edition, alongside his wife Nicole. The rare disease came on suddenly, and caused bleeding in his brain.... More »

Biggest Loser Takes Flak Over Winner's Huge Weight Loss

Rachel Frederickson lost about 60% of her body weight

(Newser) - The Biggest Loser crowned a new winner last night, but the general reaction seems to be concern that she did too well, reports the Los Angeles Times . Rachel Frederickson, 24, went from 260 pounds to 105 pounds over the course of the season, which amounts to a drop in body... More »

Biggest Loser Contestant Sued—for Gaining Weight

Company claims Tara Costa breached endorsement deal

(Newser) - Tara Costa lost 155 pounds during her 2009 stint on the Biggest Loser, becoming a "fan favorite," Today reports. Her popularity led to endorsement deals, including one with ILoveKickboxing.com. The company says the deal required Costa to maintain her weight loss and make public appearances—but, the... More »

Michelle Obama to Appear on Biggest Loser

First lady invites contestants to a workout at the White House

(Newser) - The first lady is coming to prime time. Michelle Obama will appear on NBC's The Biggest Loser the next two Tuesdays, reports the Washington Post . In the first episode, Obama will appear via video on the weight-loss show, inviting Loser contestants to the White House. In the second, she... More »

Amazing Race Producer Poisoned in Africa

Jeff Rice dead in Uganda following failed shakedown by thugs

(Newser) - An American Amazing Race producer was found dead of poisoning in an African hotel following a failed shakedown by local thugs, Fox News is reporting. Freelance producer Jeff Rice's assistant was also discovered critically ill from poisoning in the same Uganda hotel after the pair refused to comply with... More »

Guess Who's Joining the Biggest Loser?

...Anna Kournikova, X17online reports

(Newser) - Tennis star and undeniable hottie Anna Kournikova will replace Jillian Michaels next season on the Biggest Loser, X17online reports. Kournikova, whom PopEater notes has been dating singer Enrique Iglesias for nearly 10 years, recently put her Miami mansion on the market for $9.4 million—perhaps because she’s preparing... More »

Biggest Loser Finalist: It Gave Me an Eating Disorder

Weight loss show disregards safety, contestant says

(Newser) - The Biggest Loser tells tales of disciplined self-improvement, but one finalist has some horror stories to tell. In an interview with Golda Poretsky surfaced by Jezebel , season 3's Kai Hibbard says the brutal regimen and pressure from the show's staff endangered her health and gave her an eating... More »

6 Body Image Lessons ... From Reality Stars

Believe it or not, they can teach us something

(Newser) - If you want to learn some real body-image lessons, just watch reality TV. No, not The Biggest Loser or Celebrity Fit Club—typical trashy reality shows, starring such beloved household names as Snooki and Heidi. Here are the sometimes inspiring, sometimes scary lessons they’ve taught Leslie Goldman of the... More »

Jillian Michaels: Childbirth Would Ruin My Body

Experts miffed at Biggest Loser trainer's comment

(Newser) - Jillian Michaels probably should have thought twice before telling Women’s Health magazine she’ll never give birth…because she “can’t handle doing that to my body.” The Biggest Loser trainer is now under fire for her comment, and the feel-good bit about adopting that she added... More »

Biggest Loser Heralds Age of Manly Dieting

Competition makes weight loss socially acceptable

(Newser) - Season 9 of The Biggest Loser debuts today, and given the show's immense popularity—and mixed-gender contestants—it's fair to ask if it isn't indicative of a new, male-oriented take on dieting. "Not long ago, after all, the whole enterprise of weight loss was a girly pursuit," writes... More »

Biggest Loser Verges on Exploitation

Experts weigh in on whether reality show has gone too far

(Newser) - The Biggest Loser is getting bigger each year: Next season, 526-pound Michael Ventrella will be the show’s largest contestant ever. Though wanting to help people shed pounds is a good thing, the show seems exploitative when it uses “heaviest ever” to promote itself. PopEater rounds up media experts’... More »

Biggest Loser Loses Sight of Contestants' Health

Fasting, dehydration, hospitalization daily reality of reality show

(Newser) - The Biggest Loser has produced some amazing results for its obese contestants, but at what cost? Many see the pounds come right back, and it’s likely because they engage in dangerous, damaging behavior in the first place in order to win the weight-loss reality show, the New York Times... More »

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