'The Biggest Loser' 's Alison Sweeney Blogs: We're All to Blame for Childhood Obesity

The Biggest Loser host blogs about staggering statistics about people, the challenges on this week's show and more

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Alison Sweeney hosts NBC’s The Biggest Loser and is the award-winning star of Days of Our Lives, in addition to being an author, director, producer, wife and mom. Like she has for the past two seasons, Alison will blog each week about the latest episode of The Biggest Loser. Follow her on Twitter @Ali_Sweeney

Monday’s episode of The Biggest Loser featured “Cut the Junk” week on campus. Can you believe approximately 17 percent of American children ages 2 to 19 years are obese? How about this fact: approximately 60 percent of overweight children ages 5 to 10 already have at least one risk factor for heart disease? We are all to blame for this – parents, schools, kids – all of us.

During this week’s quiz, the contestants were shocked by the staggering statistics, as was I. The childhood obesity epidemic in our country needs to be fixed. I battled with my weight as a teenager, partly because there wasn’t the information or conversation about how to live a healthy lifestyle.

This season’s contestants and kids are being armed with that information. The adults are learning to pour orange juice over everything in the temptation room to not succumb to temptation and the kids (and their families) were forced to make changes when Dr. Joanna visited them in their homes.

On a lighter note, what did you think of the gumball challenge? Being there I felt the weight of the goo from the contestants and their struggles were very real. Plus, it was disgusting on their clothes when they were done. I’ve got to say, that is one challenge I’m glad I didn’t have to do!

At the end of the week, I think each team learned a lot, especially the blue team who was stuck in that temptation room for four hours a day. If you’re spending four hours a day eating junk and playing video games, try the last-chance workout challenge that Bob did with his team instead!

At the end of the week, the weigh-in was again intense. I felt for Jackson as he again had a small weight loss but I love that Dolvett continues to support him and keep him positive. At the end, it was Kate who went home but we all had faith she’d be fine in continuing her journey at home, and her “Where Are They Now” package shows we were right.

Favorite moment of the week: Pam’s reaction to losing 9 lbs. It was hilarious!

Make sure to tune in next week, when the trainers head to the homes of Sunny, Lindsay and Biingo and leave the adults to train on their own at the Ranch. How do you think they’ll do?

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