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"Things are going to happen." And indeed, things have.
Two patients were hospitalized after collapsing during a one-mile (1.6 km) foot race for the season 8 premiere.
But physicians and nutritionists worry the show's focus on competitive weight loss is, at best, counterproductive and, at worst, dangerous.
"They're taking people who have been inactive and are not in good shape and boom, automatically subjecting them to this stress," Carol Wolin-Riklin, the bariatric nutrition coordinator for the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, told Live Science.
She returned with the other eliminated contestants to try win their way back onto the ranch.
The contestants competed to win a 0,000 prize, which was awarded to Michael Ventrella, the finalist with the highest percentage of weight lost. After six episodes, The Biggest Loser went on hiatus and returned after the 2010 Winter Olympics on March 2, 2010. The season premiered on NBC on January 5, 2010 and tallied its best premiere rating ever, powering NBC to the adults 18-49 ratings win for that night.First aired January 5, 2010 Eleven teams of couples—siblings or cousins or spouses or parent-child—are chosen this season, and this is the largest, sickest bunch of contestants yet seen on the show.Twin brothers John and James (484 and 485 pounds, respectively) break the team record with a combined weight of 969 pounds.Depending on the season a team may work with a specific trainer or all trainers may work with all contestants.The trainers are responsible (in conjunction with medical personnel retained by the show) for designing comprehensive workout and nutrition plans and teaching them to the contestants.