There is no end to shows and specials on TV addressing the obesity “epidemic”. Between game shows likeThe Biggest Loser to documentary style shows like Heavy and Extreme Makeover – Weight Loss Edition, we seemed to be obsessed with watching people lose weight. The problem with the majority of these shows is that they feature people losing massive amounts of weight fast; often losing upwards of 10 – 20 lbs. in a week. There is no practicality to these shows for the viewer, it’s just a sideshow.
But I have to admit I’m still drawn to them. There is a part of me that still wants to believe that I too can shed half my size in less than six months. Plus, you have to admit that there is a bit of Schadenfreude when you see people that easily weight one to several hundred pounds more than you. You can take a small comfort in the fact that you may be fat, but you’re not THAT FAT.
This is the reason I started watching the BBC show, Supersize vs Superskinny (SSvsSS). However, the first thing you notice about this show doesn’t just focus on the morbidly obese but also the dangerously underweight. They don’t directly deal with people with anorexia, just people whose bad eating habits leave them painfully, damagingly underweight.
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