According to Lezlye Donahue, a contestant on the show, “The Biggest Loser” says,
“It’s my biggest nightmare…and it’s with me to this day.”
Multiple “ex-contestants” of the show came forward to the New York Post, revealing that while on the weight-loss show, the trainers encouraged the use of drugs and starvation to help lose weight, and to also lie about how much weight they were actually losing.
Suzanne Mendonca, a Season 2 contestant, stated,
“People were passing out in Dr. H’s [Dr. Huizenga, “The Biggest Loser’s” resident doctor] office at the finale weigh-in… five people had to be rushed to the hospital. He knew exactly what they were doing and never tried to stop it.”
Even a source close to production told NY Post that the show is “corrupt”.
In the “Couples” season in 2008, Bob Harper, one of the trainers, would come in with a brown paper bag and tell contestants to take a pill because it will help them. This is confirmed by Joelle Gwynn of that season. She states that she felt “jittery and hyper” after taking the pill, but Gwynn says that she felt like she got “raped” of her life.
Mendonca revealed that Bob Harper explained to the contestants that throwing up was good and that it helps them lose more calories.
Just recently the show’s producers issued this statement,
“The safety and well-being of our contestants is, and always has been, paramount,” it reads. “We prohibit the use of any illegal substances, in addition to the many other rules and procedures of the show that are designed to ensure safety.”
This is not the only issue that the show is facing though. Many contestants stated that even before the show, they would tell some of them that they were not fat enough to be on the show and condoned for them to eat more to gain more weight.
The effect this show has on many people is not as you would think. To see more of what other contestants had to endure, CLICK HERE.