Just when you thought that there were quite enough reality TV shows about weight loss, Channel 9 is adding another to the mix: I am sure you have seen the advertisements for ‘Excess Baggage’ (you can’t miss them really…they seem to be on all the time!). From what I can gather, a D-grade celebrity is coupled with a ‘normal’ person with both sharing the common objective to cut the kilograms in the most entertaining way for the viewing public.
When I use the term ‘entertaining’, my tongue is firmly planted in my cheek: in order to snare maximum TV ratings, the contestants will (no doubt) be subjected to undertaking torturous training sessions and physically-impossible challenges, resulting in tears and / or being physically ill. D-grade celebrities, crying and vomiting…all ratings gold.
However, I am sure a contestant being pushed to the limit so he/she ends up in hospital with a potentially fatal condition is snaring the ratings pot of gold…particularly if it happens to a so-called celebrity (and not one of those ‘normal’ people). And that is what has happened….news reports yesterday confirmed that during the filming of ‘Excess Baggage’, Kevin Federline aka K-Fed was rushed to hospital after suffering what was thought to be a minor heart attack. Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-23/k-fed-in-hospital-after-heart-scare/3788650
Shows like Excess Baggage and The Biggest Loser have one objective only: to draw the biggest viewing audience so sponsors will continue to spend hundreds and thousands of advertising dollars during the show. How do you secure the biggest audience? By sensationalizing the weight loss process and pushing the overweight contestants to the brink (both physically and emotionally), so we can be ‘entertained’. Sure, I know the contestants sign up for this and they know what they are getting themselves in for but WOW – talk about showing the world your vulnerabilities and weaknesses!
Wait a minute…surely the point of these shows is to help people in need lose weight? Well, yes, I guess that is on the list of objectives, but if the advertising dollars aren’t rolling in, the network simply won’t make another series in 2013.
At The Natural Way, our prime objective is to help our clients lose weight. There are no gimmicks, public humiliation, intense exercise programs or public weigh ins…in fact, our weight loss program is so far removed from reality TV weight loss shows! For a start, we are professional and confidential. Your goals and weight loss journey is guided, every step of the way, with a trained professional weight loss consultant in a private clinic setting. Your results are checked each week with a personal weigh-in and measure: only you and your consultant know how you are tracking. There are no torturous workouts to complete and best of all, the eating plans are about eating family friendly foods that you buy from the supermarket.
The Natural Way today on 1300 SLIMMER (754663) and make a FREE appointment to talk to one of our experienced weight loss consultants about your weight loss goals. We can make you the BIGGEST LOSER and help you to lose your EXCESS BAGGAGE….