Disgruntled ‘Biggest Loser’ contestant likely to continue her losing ways
KWIKA partner Jeremiah Reynolds was quoted by The Hollywood Reporter in Ashley Cullins’ piece on a threatened class-action lawsuit by a former contestant from NBC’s popular show, “The Biggest Loser.” Suzanne Mendonca, who appeared on the program more than ten years ago, says she blames the methods used on the show for her re-gain of the 150 pounds she lost during her time participating in the project.
She says a recently published study by the National Institutes of Health shows that the weight-loss methods used on “Loser” have a permanent effect on participants’ metabolic rate, making it more difficult for them to keep their weight under control.
Jeremiah says it’s nearly certain that NBC had all contestants sign a waiver acknowledging that all risk from the show’s methods is borne by the contestant. “She went into it knowing that what they did was an extreme form of dieting.”
A second strike against Mendonca is the statute of limitations since her time on the show occurred more than a decade ago. “She would likely say ‘until this study came out I didn’t realize this was harmful to me,’ but that is contradicted by her own life experience,” added Jeremiah. “She’s known for a long time that whatever happened on the show didn’t work.”
Jeremiah’s final word: “This lawsuit has no chance of ever succeeding.”
For all the details, see “Lawyers Say Weight Loss Class Action Against NBC Would Be a Big Loser.”