This show has been a guilty pleasure of mine for many years. But knowing what goes on behind the scenes to create the “successes” of the contestants (and how these successes typically do not last), I have to weigh in (pun intended!) when it comes to a kids version.
I have no illusions that this petition will have any result (indeed, a commenter on Yoni Freedhoff’s Facebook page is concerned it will drive ratings higher). But I’m also convinced that remaining silent means that 1) producers will think this is fine and take it further next time and 2) there can be no meaningful discussion about weight, kids, stigma etc.
Ragen is going to be speaking later this week with the doctor who monitored the kids. I think it’d be great if this petition could get more traction before that conversation!