“Fear is a friend who is misunderstood,but I know the the heart of life is good –John Mayer
I caught a glimpse of HUGE, the new ABC family drama (comedy??) last night. I must admit that I didn’t watch the entire episode, but I had a very strong and unexpected reaction to the show. Nikki Blonsky’s character (whose name is escaping me right now) says something along the lines of “they want me to hate my body and I refuse” in response to being sent to Fat Camp in an attempt to force her to lose weight. I’ve been at least slightly overweight since senior year of high school, but was never faced with Fat Camp. I give the actors on this show a ton of credit for baring their bodies in order to portray these characters accurately. It takes a lot of courage to walk around in a bathing suit at my parents house let alone on national television. So, on the one hand, I think it’s a great opportunity to put “average” weight Americans on television. By “average” I’m referring to the studies that have shown that the average American woman wears a size 12/14.
Clearly I am all for loving your body. I’ve learned from Geneen Roth that hate and self-loathing never made anyone skinny and I certainly can’t shame myself thin. All that being said, being very overweight just simply isn’t healthy. Every body is built differently and I know one person”s healthy weight would be unattainable for me and vice versa. I saw Nikki Blonsky on one of the morning shows last week and she was talking about the lack of roles for “plus size” actresses in Hollywood and how producers have told her to lose weight for roles in the past, but that she loves her body. I think it’s fabulous to be confident and secure in your own skin, but I think a show like HUGE sends mixed messages.
Are they saying its OK to be overweight as long as you love yourself? Or are they attempting to show a realistic view of teens/young adults with weight problems? I couldn’t tell from what I watched, but I’d love to hear from anyone else who saw the show. What did you guys think?? I have learned that fear of emotions has led to the majority of my compulsive eating. Really feeling things has become my new goal and learning to shut off the self-deprecating voice in my head has been quite the pill to swallow especially when I have people watching me quite closely. I’m intrigued but the show’s “sharing circles” and how they will delve into the root causes of these teens pain.
In other news, expect a Guest Food Diary tonight! Get excited :)