Former ‘The Biggest Loser’ Contestants Say The Show Gave Them Drugs to Lose Weight
“People chastise Bill Cosby for allegedly offering meds to women, but it’s acceptable to do to fat people to make them lose weight. I feel like we got raped, too,” Joelle Gwynn, a contestant on the 2008 season of The Biggest Loser told the New York Post.
The New York Times recently published a report that claims that most of the contestants have gained back all of the weight they lost since competing on the show. Now, the Post says that several former contestants have reached out claiming that what’s missing from the study is that contestants were given drugs and encouraged to vomit daily in order to lose more weight.
Lezlye Donahue who competed on season four said “It’s my biggest nightmare, and it’s with me to this day.” The show’s doctor is named Rob Huizenga. He goes by ‘Dr. H,’ and he helped with the study. Suzanne Mendonca, a contestant on season 2 said, “People were passing out in Dr. H’s office at the finale weigh-in. On my season, five people had to be rushed to the hospital. He knew exactly what we were doing and never tried to stop it.”
The drugs, supposedly include Adderall and “yellow jackets,” pills that include ephedra extract, an ingredient that boosts energy and promotes weight loss. It’s also an ingredient that was banned by the FDA in 2004.
Gwynn told the Post, “Bob Harper was my trainer. He goes away and his assistant comes in. He’s got this brown paper bag that’s bundled up. He says, ‘Take this drug, it’ll really help you.’ It was yellow and black. I was like, ‘What the f- -k is this?’”
Huizenga denied the claims in an email he sent to the Post. It said, “Nothing could be further from the truth. Contestants are told at the start of the show that there is zero tolerance for any weight-loss drugs. Urine drug screens and the evaluation of serial weights are repeatedly used to flush out possible illicit use.”
The Post‘s article also says that contestants were encouraged to eat 800 calories a day or less and lie about it in their journals. Contestants allege that the show led some of them to lose their jobs, and others to get divorces. The entire report can be found here.
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