Kai Hibbard of NBC's "The Biggest Loser" season 3, was quite a feisty competitor! It surprises me none that if anybody would come forward to expose the program for what it really is - it would be her. After a gain of over 70lbs and acquiring an eating disorder following the show, she's speaking out:
"I have people that come up to me and talk to me and ask me why they can't lose 12 pounds in a week when I did. When I didn't. It didn't happen. It's TV. So, if I'm going to be grateful and be an inspiration, at the same time I need to take blame and responsibility for the fact that I helped perpetuate a myth that's dangerous ...I do watch the show, but as I've said time and time again, it's TV! Equipped with smoke, mirrors and well, dehydration. Where weeks aren't really "weeks" and it's no coincidence that there's always a Subway Restaurant nearby when someone forgets their lunch and still desires to "Eat Fresh". Bottom line, I don't pull inspiration from it anymore than I did watching Ray-J, explore true love.
The weight loss for that show is for ratings. People have to remember that 'The Biggest Loser" isn't a weight loss camp that happens to be filmed for TV. It's a TV show that's made to look like a weight loss camp. So, there was pressure from production and everybody involved in the show to make sure you had as big numbers as possible every week."
It's unfortunate that she had to endure what she did, but I commend her for having the courage to at least be honest about her experience and her willingness. I can only imagine the legal repercussions and/or potential financial penalties she'll be up against, speaking ill of the multi-million dollar brand. I'm sure people will reduce her to a bitter contestant who couldn't keep the weight off - as they did when winner Ryan Benson came forward after a dramatic re-gain ... however, it's easy to see some thoughts of truth in their revelations.
"Fantasy is what people want, when reality is what they need." - Lauryn Hill
... real, reality. ~PC