‘The Biggest Loser’: Contestant Breaks Her Ankle During A Challenge, Prompting Criticism of the Show
On last night’s episode of The Biggest Loser, a contestant broke her ankle while taking part in a challenge on the show, raising questions of the reality program’s safety for its contestants and what it will do to get each to lose as much weight as possible.
Here’s what we know.
Contestant Teri Aguiar broke her ankle
Teri Aguiar, a former Miss Missouri who now works as a flight nurse transporting critically ill people via copter, started the competition out at 256 pounds. She had been making considerable progress on the show until her injury. Even afterward, she surprised everyone by putting her team on top despite her setback.
Aguiar twisted her ankle on yesterday’s episode as she jumped into a mud pit, yelling to her teammates, “It’s snapped!”
Aguiar was immediately helped out of the mud and doctors later determined she had suffered a broken ankle. She continued working through the injury and lost six pounds for the week. In the end, she kept her team from being eliminated.
The mother of two showed incredible grit working through this kind of injury. It’s not clear if she will remain in the competition, but judging by her determination to stay, it’s likely she’s not going anywhere.
Past controversy still swirls around the show
The new version of the competition show has changed in that its approach is more holistic, encompassing all aspects of each person instead of simply reducing them to a number on a scale.
At the first run of the original Biggest Loser, there were contestants who claimed that they had been given weight-loss drugs, fat-shamed by trainers, and made to exercise even at risk of injury. On top of that, many contestants regained the weight they had lost after the show had ended.
One former contestant’s not-so-happy experience
“It was the biggest mistake of my life,” Season 3 contestant Kai Hibbard told The Guardian in 2016 about her time on the show.
In 2018, Hibbard published Losing It: A Fictional Reimagining of my Time on Weight Loss Reality TV.
The show’s editing was also a component that she found worrisome.
“In my season there was a woman named Heather who was made to look like a combative, lazy b**ch,” Hibbard said. “But in actuality, she had a torn calf muscle and had developed bursitis in both knees. When she refused to run, they edited it to make her look lazy.”
Hibbard also claimed the show purposely dehydrated contestants to make it appear that more weight had been lost than in reality.
“We would put on a ton of clothes, shut all the doors and windows and work out for two to three hours to sweat out as much weight as we could,” the former contestant alleged.
“There is no good reason to pick up a piece of driftwood and sprint down the beach when you weigh 265 pounds, except that it looks good for the camera,” she said.