Utilizing Qualitative Description influenced by aspects of phenomenology, we conducted fifteen open-ended, semi-structured interviews with former contestants of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” The purpose of the study was to explore experiences of significant weight loss. We focused on challenges, emotional well-being, and relational dynamics of contestants transitioning through their weight loss journeys, which included what happened after the show was completed. Further, we analyzed perspectives regarding the utility of Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) in working with this population. In the study, three themes emerged which included: (1) Living at the ranch: It’s reality TV, not reality; (2) After the confetti falls: Post-Traumatic Reality TV Syndrome and The Whiplash Effect; and (3) Therapeutic treatment: Much needed but nowhere to be found. The study includes a rich description of the data, as well as a discussion of clinical implications.
Obesity, Weight Loss, Qualitative Description, Marriage and Family Therapy
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Moore, D. D., Cooper, C., Williams, T., & Zwierstra, K. (2017). Life After NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”: The Experiences and Perspectives of Former Reality TV Contestants. The Qualitative Report, 22(3), 683-711. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2017.2658