I have to say that the past week I have tried to avoid the media reports about the biggest loser and the statistical data for people who lose extreme amounts of weight that all gain it back. I have to believe there are more to these stories than just the outcomes. As a person who has had an extreme weight loss, albeit at a much healthier pace than those who did it on “The Biggest Loser”, I absolutely hate these types of articles. When I read these, I feel like the world is trying to tell me go ahead do it but you will just end up obese again, it pisses me off! I remember seeing a tweet by Health Canada when I first started Weight Watchers online that gave some really negative stats on how many people keep the weight off after losing more than 100lbs. I remember thinking to myself, thanks for the encouraging words… Nothing is more frustrating than negative thoughts when you are trying to be positive and take control of your life.
So here is my question? Did these “Biggest Losers” continue with a healthy lifestyle after they left the show? Are they now athletes? Did they continue to eat healthy after the show ended? Or is it that the show doesn’t set them up for success by teaching them a new lifestyle, just a temporary militant life to get them to that extreme outcome for ratings! Of course these articles are not telling us how they ended up gaining this weight back. I am sure it’s pretty obvious that they ate too much or didn’t do enough exercise but really that doesn’t mean it defines the outcome for everyone else that has lost lots of weight.
I personally cannot imagine ever being overweight again. I run, I go to yoga, I ride my bike, and I go for hikes…. So how is it that I will end up morbidly obese again within 6 years, according to the studies? So I say FUCK you studies and statistics, I am going to prove you wrong, it won’t always be easy but I will do it! I challenge the media to share success stories more to give those that still need to lose weight some hope that it is possible. We as a society have control over the future, by supporting and encouraging others, we can change these stats. So let’s change our focus on the possibilities rather than the negative!