Thursday, September 2, 2010

Biggest Loser Line-Up

If you are a Biggest Loser fan, the line-up for the new season includes:

•Jesse Atkins, 28, law clerk; St. Paul, Minn.
•Montina Cooper, 35, singer/songwriter; Houston, Texas
•Jessica Delfs, 27, bridal consultant; Tucson, Ariz.
•Richard Deroque, 54, pediatric physical therapist; Conway, Ark.
•Alfredo Dinten, 43, futures commodities trader; Staten Island, N.Y.
•Sandy Dolan, 30, stay-at-home mom; Fort Worth, Texas
•Brendan Donovan, 32, special education teacher; Boston, Mass.
•Tina Elliott, 58, retired homemaker; Boring, Ore.
•Sophia Franklin, 28, high school counselor; Germantown, Md.
•Patrick House, 28, sales representative; Vicksburg, Miss.
•Adam Hurtado, 26, nonprofit manager; Santa Ana, Calif.
•Allie Ishcomer, 22, student; Moore, Okla.
•Burgandy Keel, 35, stay-at-home mom; Eagle Mountain, Utah
•Shanna Masten, 38, math teacher; Pima, Ariz.
•Lisa Mosley, 31, sales representative; Norman, Okla.
•Mark Pinkhasovich, 31, bartender and recruiter; East Brunswick, N.J.
•Corey Pinkerton, 27, life coach; Fairbanks, Alaska
•Elizabeth Ruiz, 31, medical assistant; Lawrence, Mass.
•Aaron Thompkins, 29, graphic designer; Kent, Ohio
•Ada Wong, 27, project coordinator for high-tech company; San Francisco, Calif.
•Anna Wright, 39, administrative assistant and songwriter; Atlanta, Ga.

One thing that I think might be interesting this season is the theme is "pay it forward" where the show will go into several neighborhoods and communities struggling with obesity in order to try to find solutions, support systems and try to help to create "cultures of health." I really like that idea and if it somehow gives models for other neighborhoods, where say the perception is that its too dangerous for kids to play outside or for women to take brisk walks--how can a community moblize to change culture of fear into a culture of health through sheer numbers and community pressure? Maybe the Biggest Loser will try to answer some of those questions or maybe it will gloss over the deeper social issues and focus all on the individual (which is a key part, but not the whole of it). It would also be interesting if they looked at structural issues--such as suburban sprawl and how it impedes walking. I would really like more people to realize that suburbia doesn't have to be so car-centric. Let's see what they do?

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