I worry about the people being compelled to exercise to the point of vomiting. I'm on my own little exercise program now, and I wear a heart-rate monitor to keep to my target zone [ (220 - AGE) x 0.7 = 70% of my max drop-dead heart-rate]. A person is NEVER to go over 85% unless they are a super-trained athlete with a doctor standing next to them, and even then only very briefly. 70% isn't even that out of breath. When you get to the point of gasping for breath, most likely you've gone too far. If you start to feel ill while exercising, something is wrong. I worry that people will not pay attention to their bodies with that sort of pushing. :ohno
Originally Posted by Danger Bunny
Who knows? Maybe they have a cardiologist standing just outside the camera shot to keep things safe. I hope so.
I think it's only a matter of time before the more successful dieters start getting voted off. Think about it- one guy might lose 60 pounds during the first three weeks and rest may start thinking that they need to get rid of him if they want a shot at the $250,000.
...I really hope I'm wrong. This is one reality show that does not need alliances, politics or scheming.
Maybe they are desensitizing them to the crummy comments that people make to fat people? That's probably giving them too much credit... they just love the horrible puns...
Originally Posted by getreal
They do say at the end that they give each contestant a program tailored to their health needs or something....e.g., I'm sure some of these people must be at least borderline diabetic so they have to take their meds into account. This might be one reason Maurice didn't lose as much (aside from the bacon!)--they may have had to curtail the strenuousness of his exercise program for his heart--or knees--sake.
Originally Posted by MalibuPam
They seemed to be in a lot of angst about voting anyone off at all, feeling everyone needed to be there. If they get to thinking beyond the "merge" in Survivor terms (as at least the men's team this year on Survivor seemed to do from the start) I think they will have a lot of internal emotional conflict. Who would want to vote off Maurice when being on the program might save his life in the near future? A quarter million is nice, but I think these people, especially the somewhat older ones, know it isn't as important as a life, and that this really is a life or death issue, not just a swimsuit one. I hope!! :)
Originally Posted by Thonolan
I think this show would be MUCH better if the elimination angle was removed. Let all the people keep training and modifying their behavior and getting educated about exercise and nutrition and then reward someone with $250K at the end ... but keep them all on board through the duration.
Also, I have to wonder which network will be the first to pit anorexics against each other in a race to gain weight.
Let's see ... which shows exploit which stereotype? ...
dating shows (Bachelor/ette) exploit dumb beautiful people;
dating shows (Average Joe, Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance) exploits beauty vs. beast;
makeover shows exploit homely people;
Littlest Groom exploits midg .. uhh ... I mean dwarv ... uhh little people;
Simple Life exploits rednecks, hillbillies, & white trash <-- Hilton;
spouse swapping shows exploits rich vs. poor, city vs. country;
Biggest Loser exploits overweight people;
... what else?
Aren't anorexics being humiliated enough on America's Next Top Model?
Originally Posted by getreal
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