A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show promotes family togetherness, responsibility, and teamwork, and Michaels argues that losing weight is part of an overall strategy to improve your health -- and, as a result, your overall life. That said, some of her motivational techniques feel a bit extreme.
Positive Role Models
Despite her tough approach, Michaels wants to help people.
Violence & Scariness
Michaels' motivational techniques include losing her temper, yelling, and threatening her clients in order to get them to work out harder.
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Words like “hell,” “ass,” “pissed,” and “crap” are frequently audible. Occasional curses like “f--king” are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Overall, the series functions as a subtle promotional vehicle for Michaels.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking is discussed within the context of its impact on people's overall health.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series follows families as they work with celebrity fitness trainer Jillian Michaels (of The Biggest Loser) to lose weight and improve their overall health and wellness. It's pretty mild, but there's some iffy language (mostly "hell," "damn," and "ass," with occasional stronger curses bleeped). Michaels sometimes uses yelling and threats to "inspire" people to exercise harder -- techniques that might not sit well with everyone. In at least one episode, the death of a parent is discussed.
Is It Any Good?
Overall, the series uses exercise and weight loss as metaphors for unloading personal burdens, facing new challenges, and improving your life. It also demonstrates ways that exercise can be fun for the whole family. Responsibility and teamwork are also reinforced.
But while the show's messages are positive, they're delivered within the context of a gimmicky "intervention" that serves as a subtle self-promotional vehicle for Michaels. Despite her good intentions, the trainer sometimes comes across as a little patronizing, too. But if you can get past that, Losing It offers some constructive lessons about how health and fitness can improve your outlook on life.
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