“I left the program because they were radical,” explains Radmilo. Initially, candidates would be followed and intensively supervised for a year. In reality it was seven months. “When the candidates threatened to fail to achieve the pre-agreed results, they were put on a crash diet. That is wrong.”
Losing weight is one thing, keeping the pounds off is another story. According to Radmilo, you have to teach people to live a healthier life, because otherwise it is unsustainable. But that’s not his only criticism of the old format. “Initially there was no aftercare either. I fought for that in the first season. In the end, Wendy van Dijk and her husband Erland Galjaard, who were involved in the program on behalf of RTL: “Okay. We are linking our ex-candidates to a obesity clinic, where they remain under treatment.”
Although Radmilo was happy with that development, his decision to stop with the program was made. He is pleased with how Obese is made in 2022. “I applaud the new format of the program.”
The program is still about overweight people who want to lose weight. “But there is no constant emphasis on losing kilos”, says Peter van der Vorst, director of Content RTL Nederland. “That’s just one of the goals. In the new setup, the emphasis is much more on the long term and changing your lifestyle. How do you become healthy and happy? In addition to the mental and sporting part, a lot of attention is also paid to nutrition and healthy eating.”
The whole piece about Obese can now be read in Veronica Superguide. The program will start on 1 June at 8.30 p.m. on RTL 5.