If you haven’t heard the concept behind the hit new television show, Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, then you have been missing out on a very inspiring show. This show follows a different obese person each episode as they complete one of the hardest challenges of their lives: losing weight and redefining their lives in one year.
This week’s episode featured Alex, who at 23-years old weighed 459 pounds, which made him morbidly obese. Alex had battled his weight since he was a young child. Although Alex has always loved the sport of baseball, he quit playing in high school because he was afraid of being made fun of due to his weight. His lack of physical activity and his love of fast food and hamburgers (one of his favorite meals: a hamburger with the bacon and cheese cooked into it and on top of it) showed a diet high in fat and calories that obviously lead to his obesity. Before his mother died from cancer 4 years prior, she made him promise that he would take better care of his health and lose weight. Alex finally decided it was time to honor his mother’s memory.
En enero 2012, Univision, la más alta calificación de televisión en español en los EE. UU., va a presentar “Si Se Puede.” Este programa de televisión es de Dave Broome, el creador del “The Biggest Loser” y es para Hispanics que quieren perder pesos y mejorar sus vidas.
Cada programa va a presentar tres o cuatro familias que competir en varios desafíos. También, el programa va a tener entrenadores personales y nutricionistas. “Si Se Puede” va a tener un sito del web con recetas saludables y un programa de ejercicios para la gente que verén el programa.
“Si Se Puede” presenta la preocupación por la obesidad en la comunidad hispánica. En este tiempo, los Hispánicos tienen la problema segunda más grande con obesidad y los afroamericanos tienen la más grande. Esperamos que este programa vaya a disponer un ejemplo para las familias con personas que necesitan perder pesos para tener una vida saludable.
The producers of The Biggest Loser are looking for women who have 50 to 100 pounds to lose to be on a new ABC daytime talk show. The women who are cast will receive a trainer and a nutrition plan to help them lose weight without leaving their job, home or family.
The show promises to help women who have let children, family, work, or other circumstances take priority over their health. “Since you’ve been focusing on others, finally, here’s a show that is focusing on you!” says the promotional information from 3 Ball Productions, creators of the new show. Women looking to be cast should be easy to relate to and willing to share their stories.
In January, Univision, the highest rated Spanish-Language network in the U.S., will launch Si Se Puede, which translates to It’s Possible. The show comes from Biggest Loser creator Dave Broome and will be geared towards Hispanics that want to lose weight and improve their lives.
Each show will feature three to four families engaging in several different challenges. The show will also have a team of personal trainers and nutritionists. The show will provide fans with recipes from the show and a fitness regimen through an online tie-in.
This new show addresses the obesity concern among Latino families that has previously been somewhat neglected. Currently, Hispanics have the second highest number of incidents of obesity, with African Americans being the highest. Having a show featuring families making changes and losing weight can provide education for those that might be interested in losing weight.
We had an opportunity to speak with dietitian Paulette Lambert, RD, CDE from the California Health and Longevity Institute about ABC’s new show Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. She’s the dietitian behind the scenes working with the eight individuals whose journeys will be featured on the show.
The eight participants are considered super obese, a classification for those who are more than 200 pounds overweight. Lambert explains this level of obesity, and how it affects more than 10 percent of the U.S. population.
She also explains what the diet looks like for the participants – a low-calorie, balanced diet made of lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, carbohydrates, and healthy fats.
Click here to see our interview.