The Biggest Loser (NBC) has replaced one of its trainers, Sandy Krum, with one who is uncertified as a trainer in California, according to a report by TMZ.
Sandy Krum, who has been on the show since 2007, was let go by The Biggest Loser before taping for Season 15 began this summer. He’s been replaced by a new trainer, a young man named Ryan Applegate.
Some of The Giggest Loser’s contestants are so morbidly obese that if they continue their old eating habits and don’t exercise, they are eating their ways towards their own graves. And, it looks like this year, they will be pushed to the limit by a new trainer who is uncertified in California.
Will Ryan Applegate’s lack of certification make a big difference in the show?
Jillian Michaels will still be there as a trainer and The Biggest Loser‘s website lists the two other trainers as being Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince.
They, and the show’s medical staff and others associated with the series, will probably be enough to watch over any new trainer to make sure that the contestants are not pushed too far beyond their limits.
However, sources connected with The Biggest Loser have told TMZ that some:
…past contestants and several staff members on the show are extremely upset that Applegate hasn’t passed the stringent certification test — a test that is not required by law but one that many trainers take because it cements their qualifications.”
If you consider that often the contestants on The Biggest Loser aren’t in the best of health, and that many suffer from diabetes and extremely high blood pressure, and that some are over 400 and occasionally over 500 pounds — even if the California test isn’t required by law, it makes sense for the trainers on the show to have passed the test, to have their own bases covered, if for no other reason.
A rep for the show’s production company told TMZ, :
The health and safety of our contestants is our #1 priority and the show is confident that the team of professionals they have hired to work with the contestants are qualified to do so.”
Yet, how difficult would it have been to hire a trainer who is also certified in California? Wouldn’t doing so have helped with the peace of mind of past, present, and future contestants on The Biggest Loser, as well as help ensure that their health was the main concern of everyone associated with the series?
What will be the show’s focus for season 14?
Childhood obesity will be the focus of the new season of The Biggest Loser, which will be back in January 2013. Kids (ages 13-16) will be participating along with 15 adult contestants for the first time ever in the show’s history.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Childhood obesity statistics in the U.S. are at an alarming, all time high: 17 % (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese, with obesity prevalence among children and adolescents almost tripling since 1980.”
The Biggest Loser is committed to tackling this critical issue. They will do it by featuring children this season to serve as ambassadors of change who can inspire kids all over the country to get healthy.
The Biggest Loser will have three kid participants. There will be 13-year-old Noah “Biingo” Gray, who would like to be a professional baseball player. He describes himself as a “skinny kid trying to get out of a fat teenager’s body.”
Another of the kids will be 16-year-old Sanjana “Sunny” Chandrasekar, who juggles Advanced Placement classes and extracurricular activities like singing and tennis. She says that being overweight takes away from her self-confidence and affects every aspect of her life.
The third kid contestant will be 13-year-old Lindsay Bravo. She loved being a cheerleader for two years but gave it up when others started teasing her about her weight. Lindsay hopes that by going on the show, she can inspire others to change their lives and get healthy.
The show will divide the contestants into three teams. The teams will be supervised by trainers Harper, Michaels and Quince. Each trainer/team will be paired with one child participant who will compete with and contribute to their respective teams.
Though the kids will contribute to their teams, the focus for the kids will be on getting healthy rather than numbers on a scale. That means that they will not be eligible for elimination and will not weigh in on camera. Their progress will be featured in every episode and they will work at both the ranch and at home.
Besides the trainers and “Biggest Loser” medical staff, the children are also working closely with Dr. Joanna Dolgoff. She is a childhood obesity expert and pediatrician whose book “Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right” features the child-friendly healthy eating plan the kids will follow.
While I think that The Biggest Loser could have easily found someone to be the new trainer who had passed the California certification test, I think that Ryan Applegate might prove to be a good replacement.
Focusing on the country’s childhood obesity epidemic is a worthy aim, and it could just make season 14 the most interesting season yet for The Biggest Loser.
Written by: Douglas Cobb