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Has The Biggest Loser Been Cut From NBC’s Lineup?

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Amid controversy, social scrutiny, and low ratings The Biggest Loser may be canceled. Sources claim that NBC has refused to comment on questions regarding an 18th season. The last season aired January 4th to February 22nd, 2016. With 2019 fast approaching, a lack of announcement indicates The Biggest Loser’s cancellation.

At First A Cultural Phenomenon

The show debuted in 2004, capturing the minds and hearts of the US. A show where contestants competed to lose weight played off of America’s obesity epidemic and capitalized on the reality show competition format that had just started gaining steam.

Episodes had 2 hour run times and featured contestants back stories dealing with weight loss, showed them participating in extreme exercise programs, and engaging in extreme diets.

America Lost Interest

The recent 2016 season had an abysmal rating. This can be attributed to several factors. First, the show has an outdated view of obesity. Many more Americans have a better understanding of dietary health and realized that the shock diets presented in the show weren’t realistic.

Second, television is oversaturated with reality competitions. When The Biggest Loser debuted it was a big fish in a small pond. Now, it has to compete with fresher and more socially accepted reality competitions.

Biggest Loser Heavy With Controversy

The reality program has big problems. Perhaps the biggest being that many of the contestants that won the show by shedding tons of pounds, immediately gained them back once their stint with the show had ended.

Allegations have surfaced that claimed trainer, Bob Harper, gave contestants various ADA medications. ADA medications, when given to people who do not have ADA, provide persons with an energy boost and make them not want to eat. Two things that would encourage rapid weight loss. NBC denied the allegation in a statement which said the show prioritized the safety of its participants.

Among all the controversy and low ratings it’s likely we’ll be giving The Biggest Loser a big, fat, goodbye.

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