Jillian Michaels Returns to Biggest Loser & Tackles Childhood Obesity
She’s back! Jillian Michaels announced Tuesday morning that she would be returning to The Biggest Loser in season 14 after being gone for the past two seasons. The new season will also tackle a topic that has not been seen on the show before: childhood obesity. This topic is near and dear to Jillian’s heart since she is not only a new mom, but also struggled with obesity as a child herself.
Jillian took time off The Biggest Loser to focus on building a family with her partner, Heidi Rhoades, and welcomed two children into their family within the same week. The couple adopted a 2-year-old daughter from Haiti the same week that Rhoades delivered their son. I’m not sure how she can find time to diligently work out while handling two young children, her career, and her charity obligations. But if anyone can, I would imagine it would be Jillian and as a fan of the show for years, I’m sure she would have a few “choice” words for me, for not doing the same!
Even though I will be excited to see Jillian kick some more butt on the show this coming season, what I am really looking forward to is how they will handle the topic of childhood obesity since this is a growing health crisis in the nation. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 12.5 million (17%) children and adolescents aged 2 through 19 years are considered obese. In the past 32 years, obesity rates have almost tripled among children and teens, so this is a concern that is continuing to grow.
For the first time ever, the show will add teen contestants between the ages of 13 and 17, however, they won’t be weighed in on the air or face elimination. I’m glad to hear this because honestly, I don’t think having them weighed on national TV or even facing some of the drama that goes into the eliminations would be helpful to any teen struggling with getting healthy. Yet, at the same time, having some type of competition may help with motivating these young contestants to become healthier.
I am looking forward to seeing how childhood obesity is handled on The Biggest Loser, and how Jillian Michaels will bring some of her new-found mothering skills to the ranch. Will you be watching the new season? Do you think it is a good idea to have teen contestants?