I Used To Be Fat
MTV is starting their second season of the show “I Used To Be Fat,” and they’ve been playing reruns of the first season for a few weeks now. I watched most of the episodes from the first season, and I’ve been watching the reruns too, and I still can’t decide how I feel about the show.
Clearly the show resonates with me. It brings up a lot of thoughts that I’ve had on the back burner for awhile: how much I regret not getting fit sooner, whose responsibility it was to make sure I got active, ate right, and lost the weight, why I just let myself feel defeated for so long, how it has impacted me overall, just to name a few.
I see myself in a lot of these kids. I see them struggling to work out (every single episode involves someone crying while working out. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE), eat right, adjust to their new habits. I also see them get frustrated when things aren’t working out at the rate they expected. It’s all very familiar to me, it’s uncomfortable to watch, but I guess in a way it’s refreshing too.
It’s nice to see that kids like this aren’t alone, and that they do want to change (and most of them do make dramatic changes by the time the show ends). I only wish that it hadn’t taken me until 20 years old to get my act together. I know I would have been a much happier and more confident person had I started the process sooner.
I know it’s weird, but I hope weight isn’t an issue for my own children. Not only would I want them to be healthy, active, and happy, but I would never want to project my own past on them, either—and in the process, make eating healthy and exercising seem like a chore or a requirement. It’s a long way off, but it’s still something that concerns me.
Have you seen I Used To Be Fat? What are your thoughts on it?
I like the idea of the kids learning better habits and getting healthy, but sometimes (like The Biggest Loser), I feel like the show advocates a “quick fix” and very restrictive plan, without focusing instead on how to maintain weight loss and still live a normal life. There’s also a lot of focus on the major sacrifices that they need to make, without as much focus on the gains they are earning (besides the merely physical).