5/15/07

what makes for good tv?

So I discovered this cute little show on TLC recently - Jon & Kate plus 8. It's a show about parents who have two sets of multiples; twins and sextuplets. It's really a cute show. But then this commercial comes on showing images of flabby bellies, large thighs, fat backs...everything we're familiar with from our journeys...and what is it promoting? A new show that is premiering on May 28th called Big Medicine - a show chronicling a father & son surgeon team who the news release for the show claim have " ...dedicated their professional lives to raising awareness about obesity." Yup, they perform gastric bypasses and tummy tucks, my friends and will show it all on TV!!! oh joy - oh bliss. I have mixed emotions on this. I have a feeling this show is going to make me MORE angry than X-Weighted does because I'm fairly certain some of them will be doing the bypass surgery without really applying themselves in other weight loss programs beforehand but then I am really interested to see the surgeries that a mother and daughter team will have to remove the loose skin from their bodies after losing a combined 225lbs! How they've lost it is not mentioned in the release. Either way, I just find it sad that there are a growing number of shows about obesity on TLC now. They have another show that goes inside an obesity clinic. Awareness is good, yes, but now we're showing a quick fix way to lose weight instead of chronicling people who struggle through a program and see real results on their own. But I guess that doesn't make for good tv, eh?

19 comments:

Cowgirl Warrior said...

I thought that Jon and Kate plus 8 show was cute too. TLC also seems to have multiple shows about people with gaggle of kids.

I agree with you on the commercial for that big medicine show. TLC has another one that goes inside a medical facility that helps extremely obese people. This one at least mentions nutrition and exercise.

Laura May said...

I also have mixed feelings about this show but what do you have against X-Weighted? Just curious.

~paige~ said...

urghh... ihate the idea of big medicine. partly because i am the fatty that needs the "work" done and this humiliates me

Jen said...

Hm...I haven't heard about this one...though I am not quite sure what to think either...I like that there is awareness about obesity and what not...but a show about gastric bypass and surgery is not the way to go about it...there are WAY too many people who look to gastric bypass as a "quick fix"...I would love if they had a show like what you said...but nobody is interested in the time and dedication taken to achieve those results...they want the "quick fix" at any cost.

Anonymous said...

I'm also curious about your thoughts on X-Weighted?

marie said...
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marie said...

see my january 16th post. i wrote about x-weighted there.

Shrunk said...

Yah, I think it's kind of silly to get a medical procedure like that before you've fixed the problem with the food. I think people should have to lose the weight and maintain for a year before doing anything like a tummy tuck. And Gastric Bypass...I dunno...not really into that at all.

Angie All The Way said...

I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for that show about the multiples. It sounds cute and I have a few sets in my family.

Nothing fires me up more these days is to hear and see examples of people trying to take short cuts and just plain being lazy! All of us were there before I'm sure, but we snapped out of it and are losing (or have lost) the weight 100% with our own devices. I fear for those people who just don't really get it.

I loved to watch X-Weighted, but I would sit there literally heckling the person on the show for justifying themselves with excuses. It was the people I had more difficulties with moreso than anything else - I agree with you about Paul, I think he rocks. But, as you said, they edit and show the parts that make "good tv." I bet if you edited most of our blogs to show only those times when we're feeling a little down and defeated, there might be some similarities there.

Shirls said...

I ran into someone like this myself the other day, a woman who is an incredible seamstress, she was able to alter my bike jacket (3 inches removed!) and the entire time she was asking me how I did it, so I told her there is no miracle pill, I moved my ass and ate better, then she went on about Dr. B and how he has the right program... some people are beyond help, they are and will always be after the quick fix no matter the cost to their health. There are a lot of articles lately about bypass patients changing their food addictions to booze and drug addictions after surgery because it does not address their addictive personality to start with..

Anonymous said...

I have struggled with my weight my whole adult life, there were many times when I lost weight ... if I counted all the weight I have lost in my lifetime it would probably be close to 800lbs. This is my stuggle, I cannot sit and judge another's struggles, we all grow at different rates, we are all at different stages of life ... I have tried every diet out there, including Doctor B .... did they work, yes, as long as I worked them. I grabbed whatever I could in my desperation, I have tried WW three times, the third time has been a charm .... would I have recommeded WW before now .... NO.
I thank God for some unknown reason it's working this time. Through my experiences with weight loss I have gained great compassion for those struggling with their weight and cannot sit and condemn anyone's choice of a weight loss program/surgery. I do pray that they are successful in overcoming their struggle - believe me being overweight is not the only issue. If I had been shown a little more compassion instead of judgement, I just may have been successful sooner.

Mojo

Mandy said...

I agree that too many people think a 'quick fix' is the way to go. Good post.

Amuldoon said...

Amen sista. AMEN!

Amuldoon said...

ps- I have a crush on Paul Plakas.

Natalie said...

I love Jon and Kate plus 8 and Little People Big World is another guilty pleasure. Go Roloffs!

Just another show using morbidly obese people to make money. Sad... I hope those people get the help they need to get their lives back on track, whatever the means.

Anonymous said...

Maybe you should watch the show before passing judgment and jumping on the bandwagon. These particular doctors work hard to ensure that their patients are qualified candidates, and unlike many surgeons, they have an excellent follow-up program that includes nutrition, fitness, and mental health as part of their program.
Having had bariatric surgery myself, I am a proponent for those who have gained and lost the same weight over and over. I do not believe it is the easy way out. I am proud of what I've accomplished with what i consider a TOOL.
If you'd like to read the press release for Big Medicine, here it is:
http://www.broadcastnewsroom.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=137431

marie said...

hey anonymous - thanks. if you had read my post, i believe i MENTION i read the press release for the show.

thanks for adding your take though. i appreciate you telling your side, just as i have my right to say my piece.

Angie All The Way said...

Um, weird, but I just got a comment on my Big Medicine post from the Executive Producer of the show - or someone claiming to be...i wonder if this is some sort of attempt to gain fans on the "pro" side of this surgery...we shall see...

BigMedicine said...

BIG MEDICINE Season 2 on TLC
Premieres January 9th 10pm EST/10pm PST/9pm CST

TLC’s hit show is back for its second season! Big Medicine returns with bigger and better stories than ever as individuals undertake drastic measures to take a bite out of their obesity. From a previously 1000lb man looking to take his first step in 7 years, to a devastated mother looking to complete her weight loss transformation after losing her daughter to suicide, the stories captivate, and inspire. We’ll see how obesity affects people’s sex lives, relationships and changes marriages forever. Tears will be shed, smiles will be shared, and hope will be instilled as Big Medicine proves there is light at the end of everyone’s tunnel!

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