11/20/08

Trading Diets

I'm all about bad tv. I get teased relentlessly about this from different people in my life. So last night when I was plagued with a headache that wouldn't go away, I sought the comfort of some bad tv as perhaps the pain of watching it would make me forget about my sore noggin. And there it was....my saviour in bright lights: Supersize vs. Super Skinny (9pm Wednesdays on W). Leave it up to those across the pond in the UK to come up with a trading diets show where a size zero trades their diet pills for the fast food lifestyle of an obese person...but only for a week. It's definitely an eye-opener. They take the food that each would ingest in a normal week and put them side by side with the obese person's meal plan doubling and tripling the other's. It certainly does shock the participants into realizing how little they are eating or how much they are overeating. Then off they go to try the other person's diet, the larger person giving up their two sausage rolls for half a banana and four prunes and the smaller person eating a burger, fries and a few pints of soda instead of a measured out bowl of rice and garlic. But I couldn't help but wonder why they had to go to such drastic measures BEFORE trying to introduce them to a healthy diet plan (which they follow for 12 weeks after the experiment and don't even show you). I mean, I'm all for arming people with knowledge on food groups, portions, etc., but why make them starve or overeat in order to get them there? AND to have them eat it in FRONT of the other person?! Walking a mile in someone else's shoes does give us perspective, I just don't find it necessary to inherit their grumbling or upset tummy, though. But then again, without it, what the hell would I watch on tv?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Babe:

I had a headache of all headaches last night as well, and funnily enough ended up watching the same show through one eye. I felt it was more for the skinny minnie than the overweight dude. I know for me that I am aware I'm not eating properly as was the guy but the woman was the one who really needed the guidance, or shock therapy, whichever way you want to look at it.

Mojo

Sarah said...

That show sounds torturous and evil. But I would probably watch it out of morbid curiosity if I stumbled over it while channel surfing...

Sara said...

I find that show interesting but I completely agree with the switch. I think it may even be somewhat dangerous - a complete shock to both systems!! But the thing I like most about the show is how they look at the "too thin" people and how their diet negatively affects their lives as well.

marie said...

The too thin one, for sure!

She was surviving on 1000 calories a day. That would be shocking to anyone, let alone someone over 400lbs!

Danielle said...

After you mentioned the show I found it on youtube and started watching it. Definitely an eye opener but I definitely agree with your concerns. Interesting stuff.

Laura said...

I've seen the episode you talk about. Holy moly it was scary! There is another one where on of the people had to eat only chocolate and crisps. It was a nightmare. "Chocolate again? I just had this for breakfast!"

Yikes ... eye opening, indeed.

TrixieBelden said...

i know what you mean about not showing the healthy diets they had the people follow after the show - it's like everything has to be for "shock value". don't get me wrong, i watch my fair share of bad tv (and i am embarassed to admit i peruse perez hilton's blog on a daily basis), but it so exploitative. i am super happy to hear that they weren't just berating the overweight person, that they were actually talking about the fact that some thin people are basically starving themselves. so, it is in some ways terrible that they would force either person to eat in a super unhealthy (albeit different) way than they were before. yet another reason why i have no desire to be on a reality tv show. i'll bet based on the contracts they signed, either participant would have been sued if they didn't eat the other person's diet. sad.

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