Mama June: From Not to Hot premieres Feb. 24 at 10 p.m. ET on WEtv.
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."