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Posted by4 months ago

Analyzing Myself Watching My 600 lb. Life

Hey there people,

I was having some thoughts, and I was wondering what other viewers of the show felt about some things. When I watch My 600 lb. Life, I feel a sense of guilt in the way I suspect TLC exploits the subjects and manipulates circumstances in the episodes. On the other hand, I feel fascinated and inspired by the participants that are really able to turn things around and, in essence, change the course of their lives. It makes me realize how much being an adult is about taking responsibility for your health and happiness. What are your thoughts? I hope everyone is well.

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· 4 mo. ago

TLC is simply showing the reality of life for a segment of our population. Obesity is out of control, so even if these people are the extreme case, I think there is a lot that can be learned from observing and analyzing the behavior. But yes, it’s very entertaining as well.

Exploitation is when Maury Povich used to bring the man without a face and the woman with the largest tumor on his show and ask them stupid questions and give them lame prizes for their time as the audience stared. I’m sure the 600lb participants are compensated far better than someone on a freak show talk program.

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A former patient confirmed the compensation is the surgery and care plus a relocation stipend (20k ish total value). IMO their stories and the invasion of privacy is worth a lot more than that, but TLC can lowball them because of their lack of options.

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I feel like I’m a way the show actually saved my life. I didn’t want to end up being a star on it. It helped me make the decision to change my life, save my life and have the surgery.

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Op · 4 mo. ago

If you don't mind me asking, were you on the show?

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I agree that these types of tv shows paste parts of the interviews together to get the most entertainment out of it. But, let's face it, most of our lives are generally very boring. I wouldn't want to listen to me droning on endlessly about why I'm a failure. That being said, I don't like how any show manipulates statements made by participants into different meanings and intentions and behaviours. I think it's great when people succeed. I love it when people succeed. I wish more people signed up to succeed instead of signing up for their 15 minutes.

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· 4 mo. ago
Your smell hasn't gotten any better

If any of them ever once watched the show prior to submitting to be on the show then they would know 90 % of the participants are given a bad rap because of their shitty personalities. There are several success stories of people who were just as entertaining as the many countless train wrecks. No one wants to look at the car crash... but you can't help yourself...

So many of them are awful to their family friends, don't follow the "rules" of the program and ALWAYS act like they know better than Dr. Now. Why would you actively seek help on television if you don't plan to follow through? Half of them are on some sort of assistance that will help pay for the surgery and counseling along with their disability payments.

It's totally an addiction and just like any addiction you can't help someone unless they want to be helped. I'm not bashing just being realistic.

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Many of the participants show qualities related to narcissism and anti-social behaviour, imho. Those can make a person highly unlikeable, and then add addiction on top of that? Oy vey.

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One of the big things I noticed, which they share with many addicts, is an external locus of control, ie always believing that their circumstances are out of their control. They have a million reasons why they can’t succeed. This show and especially the Slaton sisters really demonstrate this. You can often predict who will succeed based on how they talk, though I always love being surprised by someone who has a change of attitude.

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This show has been helping me lose weight. Started my journey this year January at 290 pounds. I was so close to 300, I didn’t think I could get this far. I started eating healthy and exercise 5 days a week. Now I’m 226 pounds. I use this show to motivate me. To remind myself that those people on the show could be me. Sometimes a take breaks from watching the show cause it gets pretty repetitive, but it’s good for motivational. I’m on season 8. My 600 lb life and 1000 lb sister are two shows I watch. Tammy reminds me to put the crackers down. Also love hearing Dr Now advice. He made me start paying attention to how much sugar, crabs are in food like fruit and other stuff.

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Op · 4 mo. ago

Congrats! That's a great accomplishment. I'm trying to learn some healthier habits myself, and a lot of what Dr. Nowzaradan says to his patients makes so much sense.

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Congrats on your determination and weight loss!

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It makes me realize how much being an adult is about taking responsibility for your health and happiness"

As a former super morbidly obese person that's exactly it. You have to make the decision that you are going to drop bad habits and form new good ones and that takes work. You have to be willing to work...on yourself. On your head, on what you put in your body, on moving a lot more, all of it.

Choose your hard. Stay fat and be in pain or work hard and don't. I'm not saying that's it for everyone, I'm saying that's what it's been for me personally.

I'm still downsizing, I'm about halfway there. It's been so worth it.

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I joined the loseit reddit because I too could see where I was heading - The proudest day (so far) was when they removed 'morbid' from my chart - working on getting rid of the 'obese' part next.

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What I find most compelling about the show is that ultimately everyone is trying to avoid some part of their life that is painful or unfulfilled. I think this is a pretty relatable human phenomenon - whether it’s finding a way to survive after Trauma or a more general sense of purposelessness.

Like others have already said, I feel way more empathy for people struggling with food-related issues. I think people cruelly judge overweight people without thinking about how difficult that person’s day to day might be. Many people have issues that they don’t have to wear on the bodies everyday, to anyone who sees them.

I think also as a non-American it’s interesting to see the very loud patriotism and exceptionalism in the media contrasted with the reality that some people have to travel a thousand miles in the back of a van to get critical care. It’s a bit snobby on my part so I don’t feel great about it but in the spirit of being honest.

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“Many people have issues that they don’t have to wear on there bodies….” THIS

I am a military veteran who has had severe and complex traumas that have led to binge eating post military and excessive weight gain. And I’ve been through tons of therapy and I always say that you can very literally see what my trauma has done to me.

It’s actually difficult to do group trauma therapies with past military personnel because of the weight stigma. I remember very vividly a very fit past member, who had some demons of his own, fat shame me because (believe it or not, some military therapies also include group exercise) I struggled in our group exercises. This was when he was somewhat new to the group. Later, the same member, having learned my story as happens in long term therapies publicly apologized and was like I feel so bad for judging you and Joe X (another obese member) like if I had to deal with what you guys had to I wouldn’t know what to do. So eat whatever the fuck you want.

It’s very much like this….these stories humanize the very real problems that most often are the source of the weight gain. It’s a double edged sword because I feel like that’s a great thing and having these stories out there can help the stigma…except that it is exploitative. And every eating close up or Dr. Now participant that doesn’t try their hardest or makes up excuses just further hammers the stigma back into place.

Anyway, I’m rambling. Just adding my two cents I guess!

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· 4 mo. ago

As an American, I don't think you sound snobby at all.

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When I used to watch it I would think, how does this even happen? Could it happen to me? Though I think childhood obesity puts them behind the eight ball, before they even understand what's happening.

Also I think the show reinforces the virtue of temperance, sanity, humility? I mean it seems the bigger they get the crazier they get trying to justify themselves. Or most of them.

So you learn to give yourself a good talking to. Just in case.

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· 4 mo. ago
It’s the new mattress that makes me look fatter

I do feel uneasy that they’re probably being exploited by TLC, but I think the bigger issue is with society itself. The majority of participants wouldn’t be able to afford Dr Now’s programme if it wasn’t for the show, so they don’t have much choice but to go on TV if they want the help. Also most participants seem to live in poverty and have had horrendous experiences like sexual abuse and shit parents. I think it has given me more empathy for people of that size, I definitely think it’s an addiction and a mental health thing rather than a moral failing

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Judging obesity as a moral failing has got to STOP.

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And the additional issue is that drug addicts, alcoholics etc. can remove all forbidden substances from their home, not associate with people that use them etc. Food addicts still have to go to the grocery store where all the forbidden stuff is all around them. And even worse, they have to live with people who eat the crap food in front of them, and keep it in the house, as well as go to family events where every kind of crap food is being eaten gleefully in front of them. Of course they can't expect everyone to eat right because they are trying to, but sometimes their families are just ridiculously unsupportive of what they are going through. This makes food addiction a much much difficult hurdle to overcome and I understand why so many start out very motivated and then just give up. I was quite overweight and always trying to diet, but my husband was not overweight and loved his junk food. He would try to eat healthy with me for awhile, but at some point McDonalds would win out, and then the potato chips, soda etc. would start creeping back into the house. Food has always been my coping mechanism, and I just did not have the will to resist. I am now the smallest I have been in my life...at least back to 4th grade....but I lost it on the most effective diet there is, what I call "The Cancer Diet". The trade off was not worth it. I would give anything to be fat again🙁

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