Monday, February 07, 2011
So I'm watching the latest episode of MTV's "I Used To Be Fat" and this really bothers me. For those who don't know, each episode features an overweight high school senior who spends the summer before college exercising and dieting so they can be skinny(er) when they go off to school. These kids are attempting to lose an obscene amount of weight-like 100 pounds in 80 days!
We know from the dialogue that the kids are working out between 4 to 8(!) hours a day but what they are actually eating during this period is not so clear.
One of the reasons I don't like this show is that it kind of implies to teens that you can undo years of unhealthy habits in 3 months. clearly they can't keep up the kind of exercising and dieting they did to lose the weight and its unclear if they were instructed on developing realistic eating and fitness routines. Hopefully they don't walk away from the show thinking that if they gain the weight back they can just take another 3 month break from real life and lose the weight again. I know from personal experience that the weight never comes off as easily as it did the first time!
I was surprised at how unsupported some of the parents were of their kids efforts to lose the weight-some even going so far as to indirectly sabotage their efforts! I guess if the show does show anything its how important it is for the family as a whole to be healthy and fit.
Ugh...of course I'm going to keep watching the show. I don't really like the 'message' but I have to admit that the kids to look great at the end and I'm really rooting for the kids to keep the weight off and stay committed to being healthy.