The fitness guru made the announcement Tuesday on the Today show, telling Al Roker, “As a mom of two and a person who was an overweight kid, it’s something I’m really passionate about and I want to be involved with.”
So how will the show tackle the controversial and alarming problem?
“There are going to be three teenagers on each team. They’re not going to be on the ranch and they’re not going to be competing, but it’s obviously something that needs to be handled with kid gloves.”
Michaels, 38, said the show is handling the situation delicately by contacting child experts, including pediatricians and psychologists to learn how to work with the teens.
“We won’t be saying things to kids like ‘How much weight did you lose?’ It’s about getting them healthy.” She continued, “They won’t be getting on a scale. It’s about getting them into the softball team. We’re very cognizant of how touchy it is, how controversial is and yet of course that’s exactly where I want to be is right in the sweet spot, right in the frying pan. I couldn’t miss an opportunity to be a part of it. “
Michaels left The Biggest Loser after Season 11. Since leaving the show, she has become a mother to two children — her two and a half month-old adopted daughter, Lukensia, and four-month-old son, Phoenix, who her partner Heidi Rhoades gave birth to earlier this year. She says being a mother has given her “perspective about what matters and what doesn’t.”
As for her advice to parents who are struggling with their children’s weight issues, she said, “The first thing is you’re your child’s primary role model so get out there and be active with your kids.”
Watch Michaels’ entire interview in the video above.
The Biggest Loser premieres in January on NBC.
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