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Parents' Guide to

The Biggest Loser

By Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Extreme dieting, Survivor-style; tweens and up.

TV NBC Reality TV 2004
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 10+

Ask Wong

My name is Wong. And I speak a language called... THE TRUTH! This show must be banned due to its primary consecutive keypoints in regards to capitalism due to its relativity to Barney. And Roh, Roh, Roh, do NOT WATCH THIS SHOW!!! It has INEXPLICABLE VIOLENCE... Just like Valenti... GW!!!
age 18+

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argue, strong language, Consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (33 ):

Although Biggest Loser lacks some of the sexiness and drama of reality shows like Survivor (to which it bears the most structural resemblance) and The Bachelor, the contestants' constant togetherness (they live, eat, and work out together) means that there are still plenty of times when the going gets tough. When teams lose challenges, they'll often argue fiercely over who caused the loss or didn't work hard enough. Plus, they're constantly tempted by high-calorie foods and are often nauseated by the strenuous daily workouts.

It would be easy for the show's producers to hype the vanity angle of weight loss. But what's nice about The Biggest Loser is that the contestants -- and, therefore, the viewers -- are constantly reminded that the point of losing weight isn't to look like a supermodel, but rather to live longer, healthier lives. The coaches, while tough, are extremely encouraging and sensitive, and the host acts as both a cheerleader and a sensitive mother hen. Though The Biggest Loser is technically a dogged competition, it's also feel-good fare with a message that everyone can benefit from: Eat right and exercise to be healthy, and the weight should take care of itself.

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