by Deb Weisman
Recent years have seen a boom in Reality TV shows, the concept being these television shows reflect real-life challenges and events going on in our lives “right now”, or to speak. Some of the shows are about dating (aka The Bachelor), some are about survival of the fittest (Survivor) some are about talent (American Idol)…and usually all include some kind of cash purse or prize to be won. Lately I’ve noticed a host of these relaity shows relating to weight loss and/or appearance. “The Swan” comes to mind, where women drastically changed their appearances over the course of 6 months with the help of a trainer, surgeon, dentist and make-up artist. Not to mention an emotional coach as well. (Read: a Shrink) Then there was the “Biggest Loser” and “Fat March.” While the Swan basically sent a message that you are not ok with how you look, these two shows motivate the candiadates to do something good for themselves, lose weight and become healthier in the process. While there is always a bit of ridicule in these shows, for example putting a 350 lb man on the scale for all the world to see, basically these shows were supportive and focused on each person’s goals and personality. Winning money was still a factor, as was teamwork and a smidge of cattiness, but in the end, the contestants ALL came out ahead, having lost pounds and inches and gaining new friendships, perspectives on life, and healthier eating habits. While I am usually not a fan of these reality shows, I found these two to be helpful and motivatinal to anyone trying to lose weight, or make a change in some way in their overall health.