Former contestants on the NBC extreme-dieting series “The Biggest Loser,” which has been on the air for 17 seasons, are calling for the network to take the show off the air, The New York Post reports.
The group, which consists of about 10 or 15 former contestants, is reportedly considering a class-action suit against the show, alleging that the experiences they went through on the show caused permanent damage to their health.
The report quotes Suzanne Mendonca, who was a contestant on season two, saying: “The show needs to be done, canceled, destroyed. They look at us like we’re failures today, but we were not going to succeed. They threw us away like yesterday’s garbage.
The Post reported separately that the show’s staffers pushed illegal diet pills and encouraged contestants to starve themselves. The report followed publication of a study in the journal Obesity documenting “persistent metabolic adaptation” among former “Biggest Loser” contestants.
“The study suggested contestants often regain lost weight because their metabolic rates were permanently damaged after being on the show,” the Post reports.
Said Kai Hibbard, who was on season three of the series: “The show should’ve been canceled 10 years ago. … To continue this body-shaming physically and psychologically damaging monstrosity with future contestants in light of this current study and others is irresponsible and unconscionable.”