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7/15/12 1:11 P

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I had to look this up on youtube and watch it, it is interesting.

The 600 calorie diet sounds extreme, however they do explain the reasoning for it in the show. They aren't just obese teenagers, they have a genetic condition.

I also agree with having teenagers on a show like this, but I think it is a good thing to educate the public on this disorder, as I know I haven't heard of it before this. It's good just to explain that these are more than just obese teenagers, that it is something they can't control.

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7/14/12 1:51 P

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I show was about a boy Born named William with Prader Willi, a rare incurable syndrome, Will feels starved constantly and has bouts of physical aggression. The show aired in 2010 for the first time. ( from TLC Website)

here's a link to an update to how the boy's doing know ( update is old as well) the show on TCL is about when he first went into treatment.
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As for the 600 calorie diet they were very special circumstances under doctor supervision.
JTYLER84 explains it really well.

I don't think there's anything wrong with doing show like this, it's not about the kid being over weight it's about the reason behind it. There's so my parents at there wits ends not knowing what to do, show like this help them. Not all doctor are helpful either.

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7/14/12 1:28 P

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I missed the show but was really looking forward to seeing it. My son was diagnosed April 12 2012 with prader-willi and it has been hard. He has lost 11 pounds and is on a strict diet of 800 calories a day. Most people think this way not enough calories for a child but with a child with pws it is plenty because of the way their bodies work. They have a slow metabolism and can gain weight much faster than normal.

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1/27/11 8:59 A

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Unfortunately some of these teens may not get the help they need if it weren't for these types of shows showing an interest in them. I know I couldn't afford to do anything like that when I was younger and I know I couldn't afford to do it for my children. I'm sure the teens had to agree to be on the show but like with any reality tv show most people don't know what they are getting into till it is too late. And I seriously doubt TLC would allow a show like that to air if it weren't taking place under the supervision of a doctor or hospital.

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1/27/11 7:42 A

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I haven't watched that show, but I do watch I Used to be Fat. I think that show makes sense because most of the participants are 17-18 years of age and are about to go to college. So they do have a fighting chance of eating healthily, regardless of their parents' support. I feel for the teens that get shipped off to a camp, lose the weight, and come home to parents who don't want to put in the effort of buying healthy food, creating an environment where exercise is important, and emotionally supporting the child.
Also, how many of us have lost a significant amount of weight and then put it back on for a variety of reasons? I'm not trying to be negative, but I would like to see some follow up episodes!



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1/27/11 6:50 A

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We're all different. I would have to assume that the boy agreed to be on the program. It might be hard for a teen to turn down a chance to be on a TV program.
That said, I don't think I would have allowed it. One of my teen girls was pursued by a modeling company. I put my foot down with a hard "no!". The company really couldn't understand my attitude.

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1/26/11 8:33 P

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Unfortunately I don't know all the details about the place that the teens are. I'm hoping I heard that wrong and it was the meal they were showing was no more then 600. I was just really hope that they do have mental health workers there (they're probably un-shown or in different part of the episode.

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1/26/11 8:13 P

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I agree with you..kids should be kids and not have their lives thrown on a reality show like that. They have enough problems and I am sure depression is one of them. Why would you want to spiral them down even deeper? The other night I watched Heavy. The people on that show are older and watching that show sure was an eye opener for me. I don't think I would want cameras in my face for 6 months while I was trying to lose weight. I want to do it on my own and at my own pace and Sparkpeople is the best place to do that. People here understand where you are coming from and don't judge you. I like that about this place...

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1/26/11 8:08 P

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I don't have a problem with that type of programing, even if it involves children. What I have a problem with is the strict diet of 600 calories they are promoting. It sound dangerous and destructive. Not knowing anything about the program, I do hope they have a mental health component to all of this. Without that the teens are doomed. I'm a little surprised that TLC is running this one ...

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1/26/11 7:41 P

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So my mom and I were channel surfing and we landed on My Deadly Appetite Show on TLC. The episode was of a 15 or 16th year old boy who was extremely obese and was put into a youth hospital for nutrition and diet. SO its a bunch of teens who are obese.

I like the fact that they are putting it on TV that this is a growing problem.

But the part of me that was a fat teen (not that fat but still one of the bigger girls in my class), It would have mortified me if my parents put me on a show that exposes me to the world that I have a problem with my weight.

I like some of these shows that are out there. But I think there should be a point where we go "Wait that's too much." And for me putting teenagers on TV for their weight when they're already hormonal, their moods change so much, and they're body image is probably not the greatest from dealing with their own peers. My mom got fed up and changed the station before I could watch the rest of the episode.

Part of the program for the youth is a strict 600 calorie a day diet. There are many activities that the children do, dancing, gym class style working. They are encouraged to move. They show on of the boys mood swings a few days in where he starts yelling at the camera man to get out of his face. Knowing that I get moody at under 1200 calories a day- I would get violent at 600! But seeing the boy flip out at the camera man made me wonder if the parents pushed him onto this show, or if its not quite what he expected.

Does it make sense to anyone to put Teens on TV during a process that's not easy at any age?

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