Weight loss is big business in America. Celebrity trainers, revolutionary diets and amazing success stories permeate the national conscious. The Biggest Loser combines these factors with the country's love of reality television to create a successful multi-season chronicle of morbidly obese men and women reclaiming their bodies.
Contestants on the show start off by documenting their struggles with their weight. Most are struggling with emotional or family problems and never learned proper nutrition or exercise. The Biggest Loser offers a chance for contestants to change their lives and learn how to live healthy. While teaching the contestants, the show is also able to teach viewers by tying educational information to the compelling narratives of the players on the show.