Is it all bad? Reality television that inspires

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  • formerUT Osawatomie, KS
    April 28, 2013 5:48 p.m.

    I completely agree with "What is truth?" The Biggest Looser SHOULD NOT be in a "genre" of "good" reality TV. Screaming at people to "get them to lose weight", working them until they injure themselves, and/or puke IS NOT a healthy way to lose weight. The participants are required to lose too much weight too fast, and are booted off for not losing enough. Way to promote eating disorders!!! I've read article by nutritionists and physicians who discuss how unhealthy the show is, and how it promotes unhealthy practices. I hate it and refuse to watch it! I don't watch the other 2 because I find them boring. I like a very few "reality TV" shows--mainly on the Food Network and a very few on TLC (that aren't just full of voyerism, but with actual people who are doing good and want to share their lives). I do like one MTV show about "Jenks"---because of the amazing lives he shows through his travels. But The Biggest Looser only promotes mistreatment of people who are physically different or "not the right size" and bullying (which is what the supposed "trainers" do on the show).

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    April 26, 2013 2:41 p.m.

    MoJules - the "Hollywood gang" is exactly who produces these fake "reality" shows.

    ....and by the way, the "Hollywood gang" you denigrate, is made up of JOB CREATORS who are one of the biggest assets to our economy. No wonder Utah's trying to get more of them here to create films and television shows.

    What do Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, Lindsay Lohan, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew McConaughey, Stacey Dash, Stephen Baldwin, Kelsey Grammer, Drew Carey, Freddie Prinze Jr, Heather Locklea, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tony Danza, 50 Cent, Bruce Willis, Adam Sandler, Sylvester Stallone, Vince Vaughn, Tom Selleck, Alex Trebek, Angie Harmon, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joan River and snd Donald Trump have in common?

  • What is the truth? Sandy, UT
    April 26, 2013 7:51 a.m.

    I'm appalled that the Biggest Loser is in this genre. Seriously? This is NOT the way to lose weight and keep it off. How many contestants get hurt during those ridiculous work out regiment? How many are pushed to their physical limit? A balanced life is the key to losing weight. A slow, steady weight loss is much more effective than a dramatic drop in weight. I honestly do not think it is inspiring at all. Rather it makes out that being skinny is worth it at any cost (including stress fractures). PS This from someone who lost over 100 lbs. the right way.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    April 19, 2013 2:56 p.m.

    I would rather spend my time watching reality TV then to watch a sitcom or any of the shows with the Hollywood gang. Nothing is PG anymore, but I like real people who do have scripted things they say over these fakes who make lots of money and support causes very contrary to my values and beliefs.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2013 8:02 p.m.

    Yep, Amazing Race is pretty much the only reality tv I watch.

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2013 7:20 p.m.

    Hutterite is absolutely correct.

    p.s. reality TV is the greatest oxymoron over.

  • Hooky Riverton, UT
    April 18, 2013 6:33 p.m.


    I disagree. Have you ever actually watched The Amazing Race? This show is commonly referred to as a breath of fresh air in the reality genre. I have watched almost every season, and I am hooked! I personally abhor the fictionalized drama and camera-hogging that commonly afflicts so many other reality TV shows. This show, however, features breathtaking scenes from all around the world. It features contestants whose lives and relationships are changed for the better because of their experiences. It is often very inspirational.

    Now the show isn't perfect by any means. But I believe it's a far cry from what most people think of when they hear the phrase "reality TV." Don't believe me? Watch it sometime.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 18, 2013 5:50 p.m.

    Reality TV is bad. The genre just isn't good. Putting mormons on it doesn't fix it.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2013 4:44 p.m.

    Fun fact: all the contestants primarily mentioned in this article are LDS.