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Fat Shaming

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Dr. Yoni Freedhoff has spent 16 years practicing obesity medicine. He says the show is fat-shaming and unscientific.

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American television continues to consider the dehumanization of people with obesity as entertainment. On January 28, USA Network is bringing back the fat-shaming reality show The Biggest Loser, after airing for 17 seasons from 2004 to 2016.

The show — for those fortunate enough to have missed prior seasons — involves housing men and women with significant obesity on a secluded ranch, where they spend months competing to see who can lose the most weight. During this time, trainers yell at them, producers put them in rooms with junk food to see who can “resist,” and week after week, tens…

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