Are ‘Inspirational Weight-Loss’ incentives doing more damage than good?

Paul MasonPaul Mason, ‘Former Worlds Fattest Man’ has lost 46 stone after a gastric bypass in 2010, but has been forced to resort to extreme circumstances to have surgery to get rid of the 8 stone of excess skin.

Speaking in January to ITV’s Daybreak, Mason explained the pain her has gone through since losing weight:

“I feel like I’m still trapped with the excess skin,” said Mason.

“It hurts, it weighs in excess of eight stone, it’s horrendous, especially the bit around the middle here. Because of the weight of it, when I do mobilise it splits. It splits underneath and at the side of my tummy.”

He continued: “As you can see I need some skin removed. It won’t go away. It doesn’t matter how much I exercise.


Joining my local slimming club; I was shocked to hear that there is fear in the idea of a ‘quick fix’. Many of these women informed me that they did not want to lose weight through fear of repercussions; the excess skin, the pollutants releasing back into your bloodstream and the surging hunger pains but these do pass as your fitness levels get better.

Shows such as The Biggest Loser encourage people to exercise more in order to lose weight- but are they expecting to much? They have people working out for hours everyday and raising there hopes that they will lose 10-15lbs a week but in reality, we do not have time to dedicate that sort of time to exercise. I do agree with the nutritional information that is provided behind the scenes and that they present the contestants with a file of recipes, information and personalised exercise plans. By preparing them for the future and explaining it will be hard ongoing work.

6C8199766-130709-ent-taracosta-hmed.blocks_desktop_smallThe news that Tara Costa, a fan favourite for The Biggest Loser after losing 155lb, was being sued for allegedly putting on 45lbs despite being at her physical best, was another hit of people who are using this as weight loss thinspiration. The people who are trying to loss weight for health instead of vanity- to have someone has gained a little bit of weight despite still being healthy sued for it- it creates the wrong image surrounding weight loss.


Now this is in no way a slanderous article about The Biggest Loser as there are many other shows guilty of these negative connotations regarding weight loss- I watch loads of these shows that show people getting the surgery they need to feel more confident. These install fear into those who can not afford surgery to lose weight- why lose all this weight to be left with all the excess skin? They will still have to cover up and not reap the benefits of the weight loss?

It does seem that society has become used to the idea that size 16 is normal; with retail giant Debenhams releasing size 16 mannequins. This is to show how the size of


an average British women has gone up from a size 10 to a 16. Whilst it is not a positive thing that society has just accepted we will be bigger, it is nice to know that they have started to accept that not everyone will be a size 10. Unveiled first in Oxford Street Debenhams this month, these mannequins will be rolled out across all stores over the next few months.

So what do you think? Are all these ‘inspirations’ positive or negative for weight loss?



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