I don’t watch a lot of television. Sometimes I wonder why this is, try something out (often online, I will admit), then remember that, oh yes, a lot of tv is absolute garbage. Some of it is devastatingly depressing or rage-inducing.
I got sucked into watching an episode of “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” (okay, this morning) and they were recommending that someone of over 300lbs, who was overfat, and very unfit, to eat 1500 calories a day, then do nine workouts a week, to run a 3500 calorie deficit a day.
What the fuck? That’s appalling. That’s unhealthy. That’s unsustainable. And it’s a disgusting idea to make popular to the millions of viewers tuning in. Turning a couch potato in a gym rat overnight is fairly ridiculous, but people need FUEL to move, to think, to be human.
I’m obviously not a health care professional, but clearly neither is the host of this ridiculous show. He got famous for helping the ‘650lb Virgin’ get down to a healthy weight, but as David Smith regained hundreds of pounds, there are clearly issues that are not being addressed by a smiling media personality. These folks need help beyond starvation and elliptical trainers and platitudes to be happy and healthy long-term.
AGH. I’m just so furious. This show is the worst about everything in the media’s (and public’s) obsession with weight. Why aren’t people screaming from the rooftops about how dangerous this is?
Oh, wait, right, the participants look thin and fabulous at the ‘happy’ ending. That’s what people want, not reality. Even on reality television.