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    Re: 11/25 "Where Are They Now" Show Discussion

    OK, just googled Maurice Walker the biggest loser and found a myspace page that supposedly was updated in November. The picture makes it clear he's still not skinny...he did start at 430, and had gotten down to around 350 at one point.... But still alive!

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    Re: 11/25 "Where Are They Now" Show Discussion

    I watched the Discovery special the other day "Confessions of a Reality Show Loser" that chronicled Erik from Season 3 before the Where are they now was filmed - he was already trying to lose weight after getting up to 367 pounds. I thought it was very realistic about the challenges of going through the intense quick weight loss on the show, being in the limelight as winner for awhile, then boom, back to reality without the tools to balance life, eating, work, feelings, etc.

    I hand it to him for giving this look into his life, but for folks like Erik and Mo (I liked him too - never did seem to "get it" season 1, and was injured most of the time, if he was on now I'll bet he might do better with how they've learned to work with heavier contestants) the lap-band might be a great option. I know the show hates even the idea of weight-loss surgery, but the band is a great tool to help those who can't focus only on exercise, and as Erik said in last night's show - who don't want steamed chicken and veggies ALL the time. There is still motivation, exercise and diet involved, but the tool helps them feel full sooner and stay full longer (I know) - could really help them succeed when the diet & exercise alone hasn't worked (esp. if they have diabetes and other dangerous conditions).

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    Re: 11/25 "Where Are They Now" Show Discussion

    Confessions of a Reality Show Loser will be shown again on Discovery Health, January 10, 2010 at 1pm and 6pm.
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    I watched it and I enjoyed it. I am glad that Eric is trying to get the weight off again. I think that they (the wife more) blamed the Biggest Loser too much for the regain. He said himself that he did not want to eat right and he had no motivation to keep the weight off. If being healthy for himself and his family and having a fun longer life is not motivation enough for him to keep it off, then it is not the Biggest Loser's fault. Yes, they feed him fame, money and a quick weightloss; but he is the one who sold his deli, had to settle doing a job he does not enjoy and stopped eating healthy and exercising. To me, it sounds like he had existing depression that continued or came back after the show that was not addressed. I do think that with all the doctors and specialists he had access to during the show, they could/should have diagnosed him. But he should not have expected the fame to last, the endorsements to continue or the show to still be there for him when his time was up and they moved on to a new season.

    I do wish him all the best though, and I pray that he is able to take the weight off again. I would love to see him be happy and smiling again.

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    Yeah, he definitely has/had more issues than just being overweight. I think his wife is rather bitter and feels it's not right to blame him so she blames the show since that's a "safe target" for her feelings. Yes, he sold the deli but he could've found a way to combine his new life with his love of food... open a restaurant or deli in partnership with a nutritionist or executive chef specializing in lower calorie but super tasty food. He could "cash in" on his fame AND use it as a longer-term springboard. I dunno, I think he has a lot of issues and they manifested in his weight issues.

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    Re: 11/25 "Where Are They Now" Show Discussion

    A lot of times being overweight has to do with nothing more than "I just don't feel like exercising & the wrong food just tastes sooooo good." You know, the old comfort food thing.

    I find myself falling into this habit every winter, living in a very cold & long winter climate, & usually gain 5 to 10 pounds. But once Springtime comes, I take a good look at myself & clean up my act, eat right, exercise regularly, & lose it by Summer & am proud of how I feel & look.
    Every year I swear I won't fall into the same trap, but every year I do.
    I can see these contestants doing the same thing, but I'm talking about 5-10 pounds here, maybe even a few more.

    Being as obese as many of these contestants, however, may have to do with underlying issues. If the issue aren't dealt with, well...... I can see them relapsing. Finding comfort in food & emotional eating are hard to overcome. Losing weight doesn't necessarily solve the problem.
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