Tara’s Biggest Loser Blog: Obesity Stats Make You Think!
I have heard of Suze Orman, but never really understood who she was or what she was about. After doing a little research, I learned that she is quite impressive and a very determined women. I wasn’t exactly sure how her being a guest was going to beneficial to the contestants, but hope her visit left them with a new sense of appreciation for their transformed bodies!
When contestants were taking the quiz, did it astonish everyone else to learn how much money is spent on healthcare related to obesity? $147 Billion Dollars -… that’s NUTS! Or that an obese person earns $7,000 less money than a non-obese person? Or the kicker: 1 in 3 children are obese! How does this happen? I am severely bothered by this and can’t get it off my mind. Let me ask all of you: What can be done to help these children and change this statistic?
Overall I was baffled by the quiz, but am happy that light was shed on the topic. The quiz got me thinking about how my expenses have changed since losing weight and if I have even called my insurance company to tell them I am no longer obese. Pre-Biggest Loser I spent so much money on transportation (cabs to/from my office) because I would get winded so easily and wouldn’t want to go into work all sweaty and gross. At a minimum I would spend at least $20 on snacks throughout the day without even blinking an eye. This might include two lattes, one soda, one bag of chips and something sweet.
Now, I normally bring my snacks with me, and if I get caught in a jam, I get fruit or a healthy snack bar (savings of $6) and I still get one coffee (savings of $7). On average, I am spending much less than I used to spend on food and am buying more natural & organic products. If you did what I did, let me know your cost savings!
Now, onto the contestants. It is the last week that all of them will be on campus.
It has come up quick, and I feel they are realizing that their time on the ranch is limited. At this point, Bob and Jill can only hope that their words have made a lasting impact — to make the Biggest Loser experience not just a journey but the beginning of a new way of life.
Why I think it is so hard for the contestants to understand that it is coming to the end is because you are leaving the ranch, but you still have not stopped the journey. If Bob has the same conversation with the contestants the day before the finale, I am sure there would be more concerned voices about living the lifestyle. The good news is, when questions do arise current contestants have seven past season contestants to ask! It becomes a network of that you can identify with.
I definitely liked this challenge and I think it was great how everyone knocked out their former selves. Allen had the best tackle by far! As for the final four, I was certain that Rudy and Danny would make it. I am astounded with Liz and Amanda making it into the finals — they both overcame the odds. As far as my predictions for the winner, I am not saying anything! From past experience I can tell you: You never really know what can happen!
Hopefully, you all can catch up with me and other former contestants this Wednesday (Nov. 25) for the Biggest Loser’s Where Are They Now Special! Andrew H. Walker/Getty; Demis Maryannakis / Splash