I’ve recently been watching a lot of eating-disorder related TV. On the one hand, it makes me feel good to know that there are other people out there suffering as much as I am. I feel like I’m part of a group, and the episodes always show someone going through recovery, which makes me feel like I do it too. On the other hand, sometimes it makes me feel like what I’m going through can’t compare to the suffering of these people; that I don’t deserve to go to therapy or have the support of the people I do.
I still like watching them though. It’s rather cathartic.
Supersize versus superskinny:
This was interesting because it’s a show that helps fat people become less overweight AND shows that being too skinny is also not healthy. The weight loss and gain on this show is slow and healthy and the eating habits are analyzed and shown for their true colors. This show helped me wrap my mind around upping my calorie intake to something more reasonable.
What’s Eating You:
This is a show about people with very serious eating disorders. It was interesting, it was engaging (to me) especially because I recognized so many of the symptoms and understood what the people were going through. There’s only one season, though.
Shows that perpetuate the ED mindset:
The Biggest Loser:
People killing themselves to lose weight? Hell yeah, that’s healthy. This season, there’s a girl on there that’s a size 10, and she’s still losing weight. A size is 10 normal! She looks great! Why is she still busting her butt to lose weight?? This show also makes it clear that being overweight means being unhappy. No wonder I can’t tolerate a one pound increase on the scale. In my mind, that one pound is one more pound of despair.
Am I missing any?