Last night on The Biggest Loser, the contestants went home to their families for the week. The idea was to see how they would do in their home environment. Most of the contestants had big parties thrown for them by their friends and family, and most of them included some food that was definitely not diet-friendly.
Now, I think it’s pretty insensitive of the families to do that to the contestants (though I’m also guessing that the producers supplied the food for the parties and purposely put those in, just to create drama. Otherwise, I don’t see how the families could be so heartless). If your loved one is trying to lose weight, you shouldn’t be putting all kinds of crap in front of them, naming desserts after them, and teasing them about drinking water while you’re downing alcoholic yummies.
However, I think it’s equally unfair to go on a tirade about treats and dump trays of cinnamon rolls into the trash can, forbidding your little kids from eating one ever again. The key is moderation. And if your only way to stay on a diet is to try to make sure that no sweets come into your environment? Go live in a bubble; you aren’t ready for the real world. Just because you are on a diet doesn’t meant everyone else is. Yes, children should be taught that you can’t just munch on sweets at the expense of healthy food, but I also don’t think it’s right to suddenly take that away from them when they’re too young to even understand what’s going on.
For the record, while I’m all for the laws requiring calories to show up on menus, I’m against the trans fat ban that currently exists in NYC. I try to avoid trans fats, and I like that I don’t have to worry about them, but I don’t think it’s fair to say that no restaurant can make them. I would much prefer to see a law that says you must label every item on your menu that has trans fats, and then people can make their own decision as to whether they still want to eat that item.
Kids are too young to make decisions like that, but if you’re living with adults who are perfectly capable of making their own decisions, it’s not up to you to dictate what they can and can’t eat. Tell them the facts about how crappy those desserts are and how much better they’ll feel by eating fresh fruits and veggies. But if they still want dessert? Let them eat cake. It takes a much stronger person to turn down a treat that’s within reach, and until these contestants learn to do that instead of simply avoiding their cravings, I really don’t respect them all that much.
What do you think?