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August 31, 2009

ObeseTV

Filed under: TV, Uncategorized — Carly J Hallman @ 11:36 am

What is it about fat that’s so entertaining?

An obesity epidemic has swept the western world. Not good. Duh. But I thank my lucky stars everyday that I live in a country that could turn a major health crisis into riveting television. On any given night, I can flip through my network and cable channels and I’m bound to come across an episode of Ruby, The Biggest Loser, More to Love, Dance Your Ass Off, or Bulging Brides.

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Some cable channels even delve so far into awesomeness that they air day-long marathons of brilliant programming like “650 lb. Virgin” and “The 700 pound man.” I once walked in on my roommate sitting on our couch with a bag of pork rinds in her lap. Her glassy eyes didn’t leave the TV screen for even a minute as she announced to me, “TLC. Fatass Sunday.” Needless to say, I plopped right down beside her. (I would like to note, however, that I did not partake in the pork rinds.)

I wonder, though…what is behind America’s, and my own, fascination with fat? Do I enjoy watching the 700 pound man because he makes me feel better about any extra weight I carry around? Or is it voyeurism? Do I find it pleasurable to peer in on the life of someone who society has deemed a freak? Is fat-tv little more than a novelty?…after years upon years of modelicious hardbodies, it’s kind of strange to watch people on TV who look like people we encounter in our day-to-day lives. Do I watch these shows for inspiration?…because, after all, if a person can lose hundreds of pounds, why can’t I go to the gym a couple times a week?

Honestly, I don’t know if there’s any one reason for my fat-show-love. All I know is that I’m hungry for more.

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1 Comment »

  1. The answer here is simple; their bodies undulate so hypnotically that it would be impossible for people not to watch.

    Comment by Tristan — August 31, 2009 @ 1:51 pm


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