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May 6, 2011
As a physician, I have mixed feelings about the popular reality television show "The Biggest Loser." On one hand, some of my patients are surely inspired by seeing severely overweight people, many of them suffering chronic weight-related health problems, make various positive lifestyle changes and rapidly lose weight. Unfortunately, others may assume that eating meals prepared by professional nutritionists and getting one-on-one coaching from a celebrity personal trainer are fundamental to the contestants' successes. Since most people don't have access to such help, they may conclude that it's not worth trying to fix all their unhealthy habits.
That, however, would be the wrong conclusion to draw.