Outrageous 'Biggest Loser' Contestant: 'The Show Made Billions While Destroying Lives'
Former contestants on "The Biggest Loser" are speaking out against the hit reality show, claiming trainers gave them weight-loss drugs and discouraged them from eating.
(Read the full New York Post report, here.)
One of those contestants, Suzanne Mendonca, said on Fox and Friends that when she applied to be on the show's second season, she was told to gain 30 to 40 more pounds.
"The bigger the weight [loss], the more numbers you see on the scale. Completely unhealthy," she explained.
Mendonca and others came forward after the National Institutes of Health conducted a study on why many former contestants regained the weight they lost on the show.
She accused the trainers on the show of creating an unhealthy workout environment and telling her to eat just 800 calories a day.
Mendonca recalled trainer Bob Harper encouraging contestants to vomit during workouts.
"They created eating disorders. They did not try to provide any assistance or help to any of these people," she said, adding that about five people had to go to the hospital during her season.
Mendonca said she heard talk behind the scenes about diuretics and ephedra pills, but did not take the drugs herself.
At one point she was urged to ingest baking soda in order to retain water weight before a weigh-in. Mendonca explained that Bob Harper and a doctor were trying to "manipulate" which contestants would leave and which ones would go home.
In a statement, NBC said: “The safety and well being of our contestants is and has always been paramount. We prohibit the use of any illegal substances in addition to the many other rules and procedures of the show that are designed to ensure safety.”
Mendonca said she and other contestants are looking into a class-action lawsuit against the show.
Watch the interview above.