Sometimes there are no words, yet there are so. many. words. It's hard to choose them.
Why is this a story? Why is it relevant?
Regardless of your feelings of Mama June's "parenting" for what it is -- or isn't -- (or why it is vastly different than yours or what you grew up with) this child is quite typical of an American Child.
Maybe she's an American Child times twenty plus some considering her life has been under a media microscope since she was very small, and she has been brought up to act for the cameras. What we see of this kid is so many of the things in our own children that are enhanced because cameras-in-her-face-act-more-goofy-we're-getting-paid for this.
And I know it makes you uncomfortable. (I know it does. That is why you watch it, or that is why you must comment about NOT watching because "That Poor Girl, Bless Her Heart!" Shut up.)
Don't pretend she isn't realistic -- kids with overweight and obesity are quite the norm. Even those with somewhat healthy, active lifestyles.
I used to get comments about my youngest ... "She's just like Honey Boo-Boo." I never really knew if those who said it meant that she was overweight, or hyperactive. Because all of my kids are diagnosed overweight or obese.
But I am not Mama June.
We do not eat like the Mama June household. But, that said, overweight still occurs.
I'd ask you to ask my youngest what her favorite food is.
It's gluten free organic vegan burritos. Thank-you. They are expensive, so if you'd like to send a case? PLEASE DO. I think they're on my Amazon Wish List. LMAO.
But why is it that her childhood obesity is a "problem" for us and requires an intervention a la The Doctors? Because the public consumed her lifestyle and promoted it by reality television? This child's weight is not our business.
A lot of it is probably our fault for promoting and exploiting it.
Stop pushing reality television.
Katie Hopkins: My Fat Story
Premieres Friday 2nd January, 9.00pm
Outspoken TV personality, Katie Hopkins has hit the headlines for her controversial views on obesity; insisting that fat people are lazy, saying that she would not employ someone who is overweight, and claiming that losing weight is easy. Earlier this year Katie hit the headlines again revealing her new three stone heavier figure. Sick of hearing people's excuses for being overweight and justifying Britain's obesity crisis, Katie had decided to prove her argument by piling on the pounds to experience being weight, before attempting to lose it again by simply eating less and moving more. This two-part special exclusively follows Katie through every step of her project, as she struggles to put the weight on and deal with her increasing size, and then as she loses the weight. Will she prove her point or will she have to eat her own words?
Probably not. It's different in the UK right now, the National Health System is socialised medicine, and the patients have their weight-loss surgeries done "on the system" sometimes waiting a long time for treatment -- and people may feel differently about the care being done on the UK's dime.
I suppose I'd have to watch it, and it's meant to be inflammatory. I mean -- "FAT PEOPLE ARE LAZY."
Really. Throw that out there and watch the reaction. BAIT. FLAME. RAWR.
Would you watch? What do you think?
The most authentic commercial yet from Weight Watchers. WW you win with this one, although it doesn't exactly motivate me to go sign up for your plan (...was that the goal -- because I didn't catch that vibe, I just laughed and wanted a snack for a second?) I still LOVE THIS because it's truth all right here for us emotional eaters.
Sorry not sorry I agree.
Did you watch this last night?
"I don't want you to go through what your dad has gone through." -Dr.
So -- you KNOW I am thinking it -- I probably yelled AT THE TV.
I would like to know what happened to Rob's dad after all this crying and freaking out with the shaming of the wheel-chair. I hate when information about weight loss surgery is thrown out there to the general public like "this" without any context.
Biggest Loser, please explain. I understand that the producers like to create 'breakthrough' moments with the contestants to get them motivated and moving forward and to tear off all excuses, but why create a stigma around weight loss surgery?
As a disclaimer, I have always watched The Biggest Loser casually as someone might watch The Super Bowl for the commercials. I enjoy making digs at the product placement, the commercials, etc. This pleases me #broughttoyoubyziploc #subway #extragum #whomever
This year, however I was taken in a little more, sucked in, even after saying things like: "I'd never watch that crap," and "How dare they publicize weight loss competitions!" I am sure I have said MANY choice things over the years about this (...and other shows) as an online weight-loss blogger, even as product pitches aligned with this show were tossed my way. I still watch for the product placements. I also watch for the exercise -- WHAT?!
This year, I started a (...word warning) "journey" nine years after I started my massive weight loss path.
I began exercising in earnest. I dropped some lbs and gained muscle. I have endurance!
I found that The Biggest Loser gave me some "Actual Motivation" if only for ideas of What To Do To Move My Butt. It's the reason I tried the "Jacob's Ladder," guys.
Or, even just for a frame of reference in body-size for someone like me: a former morbidly obese individual whom had been 320 lbs now 144-150 lbs and maintaining my bodyweight while learning to create health, and gain muscle and make exercise a habit. If you have not been living in a 200, 300, 400 lb body - you must know - the body dysmorphia that comes along with the change from your super-morbid or morbidly obese self to your "normal" self can last for years. It may not be until you see another person whom is "wearing" your "body" size when you realize what you look like, and only sort of.
That said -- The Biggest Loser's winner, Rachel. And please remember that I can only relate to what I know to be true, and to what I see in relation to the hundreds of women (... and some men) I read about daily in my weight loss groups for bariatric surgery.
I hope that it was simply because she was pushed to far for the "trigger" of money -- and will find balance in health.
It happens in our bariatric-post operative patients all the time, and the thing is: bariatric patients don't have the temptation of a quarter million dollars hanging over their head like a dangling carrot as thin-spiration. It takes a lot less sometimes for a person to be triggered to lose too far. Some women (...and men) are pushed by a bad photo, cruel word, or emotional disturbances.
In the weight loss surgery world, we have a hard time with talking about weight. We don't like to talk about "how much weight is too much to lose." We don't like to discuss "too far," and we say things like "well, you called her fat, now she's too thin and you hate her for it."
No. It's not that. You/we really have to stop thinking that way. It is just the same as having bariatric surgery WAS for YOU. It was supposed to be about your health and saving your life. There is not a stitch of hate in the words. It is out of concern for the person, and the people watching: like our daughters and sons.
Going on The Biggest Loser was about stopping this person's journey through morbid obesity and saving her life, and getting healthy again. However, dropping to an underweight body-weight and publicizing this for all of us on TV and creating this huge social media #thinspo out of it -- is WRONG.
Where were the trainers, Biggest Loser Team, producers, etc. when she hit the red flags? Where was the psych team? Where is her help? Is this really just about prize money and not health?
I think that says it all.
You failed, @thebiggestloser
As if the show weren't bad enough, Tara Costa who lost 155 pounds on The Biggest Loser several years ago -- is now being sued for twenty two pounds of bounce-back regain.
She BEAT THE ODDS! Most dieters regain much, much more! She did wonderful!
You can't win. PS. To anyone signing up for these weight-loss shows and subsequent sponsorship deals, READ THE FINE PRINT - make sure it includes a "REAL LIFE CLAUSE."
- The lawsuit filed against Rachel Ray could mean trouble for every single weight loss show on television, it's the first five minutes of this episode...
I think this video explains a lot of food aversions.
I, for one, cannot HANDLE -
- FOOD SOUNDS.
- The squishy sound of the mayo in this video makes me want to cut kittens.
- FOOD SMELLS.
- Please do NOT cook foods in my house unless there are Properly Vented Rooms with air moving, fans? This includes - NEVER COOKING anything in my airspace that involves deep fat frying, oil, fish, heavy use of garlic, onions, etc. I will implode.
Although, I do like mayo. A little. A schmear. Except when it starts to get a little old and congeal? NO.
Thank you Honey Boo Boo, for today's therapy.
The UK just laid out some super-tough advertising guidelines for products and services aimed at the weight loss community -
"This section applies to marketing communications for weight control and slimming foodstuffs, aids (including exercise products that make weight-loss or slimming claims), clinics and other establishments, diets, medicines, treatments and the like. If applicable, they must comply with Section 12: Medicines, Medical Devices, Health-related Products and Beauty Products and Section 15: Food, Food Supplements and Associated Health or Nutrition Claims)."
Check it out, it's a MOUTHFUL - many most all we are unlikely to see in the US for years and years and years. Some of the suggestions are amazing: "Marketing communications for any weight-reduction regime or establishment must neither be directed at nor contain anything that is likely to appeal particularly to people who are under 18 or those for whom weight reduction would produce a potentially harmful body weight (BMI of less than 18.5 kg/m2). Those marketing communications must not suggest that being underweight is desirable or acceptable."
I love you, UK.
Via Cap.uk -
13.1 A weight-reduction regime in which the intake of energy is lower than its output is the most common self-treatment for achieving weight reduction. Any claim made for the effectiveness or action of a weight-reduction method or product must be backed, if applicable, by rigorous trials on people; testimonials that are not supported by trials do not constitute substantiation.
13.2 Obesity in adults is defined by a Body Mass Index (BMI) of more than 30 kg/m2. Obesity is frequently associated with a medical condition and a treatment for it must not be advertised to the public unless it is to be used under suitably qualified supervision. Marketing communications for non-prescription medicines that are indicated for the treatment of obesity and that require the involvement of a pharmacist in the sale or supply of the medicine may nevertheless be advertised to the public.
13.3 Marketing communications for any weight-reduction regime or establishment must neither be directed at nor contain anything that is likely to appeal particularly to people who are under 18 or those for whom weight reduction would produce a potentially harmful body weight (BMI of less than 18.5 kg/m2). Those marketing communications must not suggest that being underweight is desirable or acceptable.
13.4 Before they make claims for a weight-reduction aid or regimen, marketers must show that weight-reduction is achieved by loss of body fat. Combining a diet with an unproven weight-reduction method does not justify making weight-reduction claims for that method.
13.5 Marketers must be able to show that their diet plans are nutritionally well-balanced (except for producing a deficit of energy) and that must be assessed in relation to the category of person who would use them.
13.6 Vitamins and minerals do not contribute to weight reduction but may be offered to slimmers as a safeguard against any shortfall in recommended intake when dieting.
13.7 Marketers promoting Very Low Calorie Diets or other diets that fall below 800 kilo-calories a day must do so only for short-term use and must encourage users to take medical advice before embarking on them. Marketers should have regard to the guidance on “Obesity: the prevention, identification, assessment and management of overweight and obesity in adults and children” (2006) published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
13.8 Marketing communications for diet aids must make clear how they work. Prominence must be given to the role of the diet and marketing communications must not give the impression that dieters cannot fail or can eat as much as they like and still lose weight.
13.9 Marketing communications must not contain claims that people can lose precise amounts of weight within a stated period or, except for marketing communications for surgical clinics, establishments and the like that comply with rule 12.3, that weight or fat can be lost from specific parts of the body.
13.9.1 Marketing communications for surgical clinics, establishments and the like that comply with rule 12.3 must not refer to the amount of weight that can be lost.
13.10 Claims that an individual has lost an exact amount of weight must be compatible with good medical and nutritional practice. Those claims must state the period involved and must not be based on unrepresentative experiences. For those who are normally overweight, a rate of weight loss greater than 2 lbs (just under 1 kg) a week is unlikely to be compatible with good medical and nutritional practice. For those who are obese, a rate of weight loss greater than 2 lbs a week in the early stages of dieting could be compatible with good medical and nutritional practice.
13.10.1 Health claims in marketing communications for food products that refer to a rate or amount of weight loss are not permitted.
13.11 Resistance and aerobic exercise can improve muscular condition and tone and that can improve body shape and posture. Marketers must be able to substantiate any claim that such methods used alone or in conjunction with a diet plan can lead to weight or inch reduction. Marketing communications for intensive exercise programmes should encourage users to check with a doctor before starting.
13.12 Short-term loss of girth may be achieved by wearing a tight-fitting garment. That loss must not be portrayed as permanent or confused with weight or fat reduction.
We'll never see this in the US. People are too in love with fake.
Dear BTV -
These snarky-ass women are the ones I met, and loved to begin with. Freak the eff on.
"In this weeks episode of BariatricTV we kick things off in The Dumping Ground with an update on whats up with BTV. Then in Altered Reality we discuss the ofter heard saying “100 pounds gone forever!!!”
I blogged this before I watched the whole thing, ladies. I love you in the non-stalkery way. Thank you. Finally.
Now we can warp the thinking of a whole new generation of obese kids.
My 15 year old shook her head, stood up, and left the room.
Hold the Press Releases, Suz!
Oh dear gawd.
I'd hit this.
Not really. Ice cream is my nemesis.
AND OH HELL NO SHE DIIINT JUST SAY THAT.
Did you hear that? It was the sound of my jaw hitting the floor, and my heart crumbling for this man, this beautiful man. Let me say that his regain was likely expected. You cannot expect success with unrealistic expectations after massive weight loss. Reality shows SUCK at putting morbidly obese individuals in unrealistic situations that cannot possibly be mimicked from home, long term. And it screws them up, metabolically, FOR LIFE.
I remember watching the episode 650 Pound Virgin years ago, amazed at the 400 lb loss and transformation, as it mimics many of our post weight loss surgery changes. And he appeared to climb out of his shell, this kid, adorable!
But, he "saw somebody," that he did not recognize --- and crashed.
How familiar does THAT sound? Honeymoon -- flying high -- reality -- crash. It doesn't matter how you lose the weight, it can still happen.
Chin up, dude, you got this.
PS. The first commenter to suggest WLS, I slap you. "But, why? We could SAVES HIS LIFES!" I get that. But it's NOT. OUR. PLACE. TO. GET. IN. THIS. MAN'S HEAD. We can only support his choices, by far, mostly. I feel for him.
I am aware that I did not share the details of the interview with 20/20 this week in my previous post about the show. I wasn't purposely keeping anything from you, in fact I wished I had documented the process as it happened, but I only had a phone and it happened so. very. fast.