Kids will be the biggest winners in this year’s The Biggest Loser

It isn’t every day that I become excited about an upcoming television show, but in this circumstance I’ll admit that I am!  Trainer Jillian Michaels is returning to NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” for Season 14, which will be premiering January 2013.

Now don’t get me wrong when I tell you that it isn’t so much that Jillian is returning to NBC for the reality weight-loss competition show that thrills me.   What does excite me is that she will be focused on a new type of mission focused on the national increase in childhood obesity… that warrants a big Hip Hip Hooray from me!

The reality show will  feature child contestants that range from age 13 – 17 for the first time ever.  Adult contestants will also be included in the Season 14 competition just as in past years, but in 2013 each team will include at least one child participant.   This is even better:  the children will NOT be eligible for elimination but will be ultimately striving for one thing … to lose weight.  The young contestants will not be weighed for the broadcast for the fact that NBC, along with Jillian Michaels, are incredibly sensitive to safeguarding them.

Obviously I feel that this is wonderful news, truly wishing that I could be there right along with them to cheer on each and every contestant!  But I have faith that Jillian is going to do an amazing job; she’s succeeded at assisting numerous adult contestants to shed their excess weight in the past and now that she’s a mom, she’ll be even more enthusiastic.

Jillian explained that she is “more passionate than ever about helping empower children and families with the information and resources they need to live a healthier life.”  Now that Jillian has two adopted children to love and raise, it only makes sense to me that her 2-year-old daughter and 4-month-old son are completely the true focus of her life.

“I am a different person, motherhood changes your DNA. However, being a mom and doing this job are very different aspects of my life and personality,” Jillian says.

Being a mother of three children myself, I can surely relate to Jillian’s feelings.  Motherhood surely does change the way you look at life; not only do you realize how important your children are to you, but you also recognize how important you are to them.  Focusing on good health is a goal we all have in the Davis family and I think it’s fabulous that everyone involved with The Biggest Loser have that same goal, to focus on the kids’ health rather than their weight!

According to the Centers for Disease Control, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past three decades, with about 17 percent of children and adolescents ages 2 to 19 considered obese. I feel that these numbers need to decrease soon or this nation is going to consist of more obese individuals than those who are not.   Obese children have a tendency to grow up to become obese adults.  I should know – I was part of that population.

Kudos to NBC and Jillian Michaels for taking the initiative to do their part to combat the childhood obesity issue … before it’s too late.

Will you be watching the new season of The Biggest Loser?

Photo credit: Be The Change, Inc.

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