" The safety and well-being of our contestants is, and has always been, paramount," the producers said in the statement."Contestants are told at the start of the show that there is zero tolerance for any weight loss drugs.
But little has happened to show that Lampert's vision will come true.We prohibit the use of any illegal substances, in addition to the many other rules and procedures of the show that are designed to ensure safety."Meanwhile, in the wake of the NIH study and the reports from the contestants have taken to Facebook (fb) to voice their support for the program.The Biggest Loser is an American competition reality show that debuted on NBC on October 19, 2004.The trainers are responsible (in conjunction with medical personnel retained by the show) for designing comprehensive workout and nutrition plans and teaching them to the contestants.However, the contestants are individually responsible for implementing the principles taught.The interviews follow a slew of recent allegations made by other former Biggest Loser contestants, including claims that participants are routinely kept prisoner in their rooms to stop them leaking storylines, have their laptops 'bugged' and are banned from calling home for six weeks.Speaking out: Former contestant Kai Hibbard, pictured at the start of the third series, said she is sad and angry that she bought into the hype of the show after being convinced by a friend to sign up Transformation: 'The whole f***ing show is a fat-shaming disaster that I’m embarrassed to have participated in,' said Ms Hibbard, who dropped 121 pounds from 265 (left) to 144 (right) during the program, aired in 2006 'Not worth it': Ms Hibbard, pictured during season three's live finale, said the show's plot - to take morbidly obese people 'and work them out to the point where they vomit' - provoked moral and ethical questions Speaking to the New York Post, former contestant Kai Hibbard said last week that she is sad and angry she bought into the hype of the show, after being convinced by a friend to sign up to its third series.wo former contestants from NBC's The Biggest Loser have admitted their drastic weight loss was only short-lived, and that 'just about everyone' they know from previous seasons have since piled the pounds back on.Suzanne Mendonca, a 36-year-old New York-based police officer who lost 90lbs when she appeared on season two in 2005, told The New York Post: 'NBC never does a reunion. Because we’re all fat again.'Ms Mendonca, along with 44-year-old Rulon Garner - a former wrestler who walked off the show during season 11 having lost 173lbs - also both echoed recent allegations from other contestants over NBC's 'abusive' treatment of its participants.Both Ms Mendonca and Mr Garner claim to be in contact with other former contestants from The Biggest Loser via a 'private alumni' Facebook group, which is how they know that they too have regained the weight they lost.Netting an estimated 0million annually in advertisement sales, the program boasts an average weekly viewership of seven million people, in a country where two-thirds of the population is overweight.