Thursday, February 7, 2013

This Week's Inspiring Pop Culture Moment: The Biggest Loser

Photo by Tyler Golden/NBC

Each week we take a look around our pop culture world and try to find one moment that stood out as the most inspiring. It might be a celebrity who is doing charitable things, a TV shows that inspires us to be better or a philosophy that we should all strive to live by. Here is this week's most inspiring pop culture moment.

We could pretty much pick The Biggest Loser as our inspiring moment every week since the show itself is always a motivator in so many ways. But this season, the weight loss series is focusing on the problem of childhood obesity so it takes the inspirational aspect up another notch.

Lisa Rambo,who was sent home from The Biggest Loser ranch last week, talked in a recent conference call about the issue and how it has affected her. Lisa is a special education teacher in a Wisconsin high school and since returning from the series, she has been showing her students ways to live a healthier lifestyle. She said, "[I have been] making healthier choices in our classroom and getting our students moving and finding things that they love.”

She has encouraged them to “fall in love with this process and what do you love about this.” She continued, “So it's just exposing our students to more ways to move like bowling and swimming and all of these things. And them falling in love with it and then you want to do it. It's not a chore. Working out doesn't have to be a chore.”

Lisa said she struggled with her body image growing up. “I was a overweight high schooler. I've always been on the bigger side of life. I was a cheerleader when I was in high school. And I remember getting our uniforms and the high school not having a skirt that fit me and my aunt having to make mine.”

But she conceded, “At that time talking about childhood obesity was taboo and you just didn't do it. I believe that you can't take care of or fix something you're not talking about. So I commend The Biggest Loser for taking on taboo issues so that we can deal with them and empower our high schoolers and our children to take their health and their fitness as a priority. I wish people would have talked about it before. If we can take care of it when our kids are young, we won't have 30-year-olds on The Biggest Loser because we've taught them before that.”

So she took this lesson back home from the ranch to her own kids, “Eating right is a choice and you have to make time for it. We make sure that we're only keeping healthy snacks and food in our house right now.” She said when she got home the forst thing she did was makeover her kitchen. “We literally threw everything that wasn't good away. Bags of food. And my kids didn't scream or complain. They like the walnuts and apricots and apples and cheese sticks. And we don't get complaints. Your kids won't freak out if you change your kitchen. They'll actually enjoy it and feel better in the process.”

Watch The Biggest Loser season on Monday nights at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m Central on NBC.

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