TV Shows Focusing on Weight Loss


For the past ten years, weight management has become a huge issue in the United States, as the obesity rate continues to rise, especially in children. Because of this issue, many T.V. networks have decided to air shows that focus solely on weight control. MTV has dedicated many of their “True Life” series to teen obesity. One such episode is titled “True Life: I’m Going to Fat Camp,” where teens go to a weight loss camp to help deal with the physical and emotional challenges that come with obesity. Lifetime Channel launched a show just this spring titled “Cook Yourself Thin,” in which three hosts teach people how to cook some favorite American foods without the calories. Finally, probably the most popular weight loss show is NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” Contestants on this show go to a fitness boot camp complete with personal trainers who have them work out everyday and a strict diet regime. These shows are a reflection of American society and the troubles we have with weight control.

MTV’s “True Life: I’m Going to Fat Camp” aired nearly five years ago, but several episodes featuring weight loss have since been seen on this series. In the “I’m Going to Fat Camp” episode, three different teens went to a fat camp, while the cameras documented their experience. The teens told about the emotional problems that come with obesity, by telling the audience that they are picked on at school and that they usually have social problems. Also, the show documented how much weight the teens lost during their time at the camp. This show is good for teens because it shows what can happen if you are not careful with what you eat. The show also seemed like it was meant to be a wake up call to parents to make sure their children aren’t eating junk food all the time.

Lifetime’s “Cook Yourself Thin” is a show where three women cook some favored recipes without the calories. The show really focuses on portion control and how to still eat the foods you like, without all the extra calories. The only problem with the show is that it does not focus at all on exercise, which is also one of the main ways to lose weight. The shows is a good start for those who want to eat healthier and just don’t know how, but already have a decent exercise routine.

“The Biggest Loser” on NBC is one of the most popular weight loss shows currently on T.V. The show features contestants who are obese and who are in need of serious help. The show documents the contestants as they diet and exercise for many months. This show is really great because it features the benefits of a good diet and lots of exercise, which are the keys to losing weight.

The fact that the shows listed above are only three of the many different weight loss shows on television is a direct reflection of one of the main problems in our society, obesity. Hopefully, people who watch these shows will realize the effects of obesity and change their habits if need be, so Americans can be healthier in the future.

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