“Huge” – a show that says it’s ok to be obese = WTF

28 Jun

Huge is a new TV series on ABC Family with a bunch of obese teenagers who have been sent to the camp to lose weight. The lead character, Will (played by Nikki Blonsky), refuses to lose weight and says she is “ok” with her size. She also leads an underground candy/junk food ring, causing other people to stay overweight too.

Being the exercise and health food nazi that I am, I have SEVERAL issues with this show. First of all, WTF. America is already obese enough as is. The LAST thing obese people need is a TV show telling them that their weight is OK. AHHHHHHHHHH!!! IT’S NOT OK!!! THEY NEED TO BECOME HEALTHIER!!!

And it’s not like the people on this show are slightly over their BMI… they are GROSSLY OBESE. Obesity is the most preventable cause of health issues in America. It leads to heart disease, type II diabetes, and an early death. This is the first time in history that the current generation of Americans may NOT OUTLIVE THEIR PARENTS. Health experts attribute this issue to OBESITY. And although BMI is not perfect, I would say it gives an accurate weight range people should be within.

Let me just say that losing weight is not easy… initially. But after about a month or two of regular exercise and weight training, it becomes a lot easier and the weight just starts coming off. Endocrine problems exist but they are rare.
I think that ABC Family has acted irresponsibly in allowing a show like this. The show should be about how the obese want to get more fit and down to a healthy weight, NOT how they’d like to stay overweight and do absolutely NO EXERCISE because they “like the way” they look. Whether or not someone likes being overweight doesn’t matter, but the HEALTH ISSUES do. Additionally, I’m guessing they made the actors/actresses on this show gain a lot of weight for their parts.

Needless to say, this BOTHERS ME.
I wonder what my fitness hero, Jillian Michaels, would have to say about this. She would probably scream at the campers…

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