Reserve judgment. That's what Jillian Michaels says about the new season of "The Biggest Loser." She's not talking about her return to the show -- she talking about the controversial decision to include three children among the new competitors on NBC's weight-loss program.
For the first time in its history, the show is taking on childhood obesity. While we may be a country that can talk endlessly about weight loss and exercise and diets, we often fail to discuss childhood obesity with more than a generic "move more, eat more veggies" kind of way, Jillian said.
Parents of obese children want to talk to their kids about their weight, but they don't know how, she added. Parents fear that talking about it could create disordered eating patterns among their children, especially daughters. But at the same time, they fear not talking about it could lead children to grow up to be obese adults.
"I understand why its controversial," Michaels said, adding that the issue of childhood obesity is especially important to her now that she's a new mother to two. She says it's one of the reasons she returned to the show. "I wouldn't be a part of it if I didn't think it was being done in a sensitive way, in the right way. The point is to get this country talking about childhood obesity."