The Post-Show Food Frenzy and Weight Gain
After enduring weeks of near-starvation on the island, it’s no surprise that contestants indulge in abundant meals once they leave the show behind. The deprivation they experienced led to a natural inclination to overindulge. Former castaway Freberg confessed to gaining 15 pounds in a mere four days after his season concluded, a testament to the voracious appetite that arises after prolonged hunger. Orlins also revealed her complicated relationship with food upon returning home, resorting to stuffing her pockets with snacks to ward off any potential hunger pangs. The extreme contrast between scarcity and abundance in food availability can trigger unique psychological and physiological responses, highlighting the profound impact that Survivor has on contestants’ relationship with nourishment.