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#1 Old 02-11-2016, 03:35 PM
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Supersize vs Superskinny

Does anyone else watch this UK show? I don't know what to think of it, I can't tell if it's actually helping or harming the people half the time, but every time I flick over and an episode is on I get hooked and watch till the end.

The basic concept is they get a badly underweight person, and then an obese or very overweight person, and make the two swap diets for a couple of days. It's supposed to shock them into seeing how much they eat, while also realizing that their bodies don't need as much, or as little food as they are feeding them.

A lot of the episodes are also on youtube.
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#2 Old 02-11-2016, 05:28 PM
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I watched a number on youtube. I liked it but I think I stopped watching in the second season? Embarrassing bodies is good too. Not quite the same but you might like it if you check it out.
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I have seen a couple episodes. I don't mean to sound snobby, but it repulses me to see someone consume that much crap food in a setting and on the other side of the table is someone who eats 2 candy bars and a carrot stick in the average day. Just makes me want to smack some sense into both of the people! Another show I am in shock and awe over (in a bad way) is "secret eaters".

Now, I could probably be on the show freaky eaters because while I eat a normal amount of nutritious foods, I do have 'odd' eating habits. I am VERY particular about the order I eat foods in, can only eat certain foods at certain times of day, foods must not touch on my plate ext... Always have been that way, ever since I was a kid. Perhaps that's why shows that feature other people eating bother me so much, they definitely do not eat in the "right" way
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I have watched it in the past...I enjoyed it except for the bit where they show the two how much they eat by shoving it down a big transparent tube..I don't like the food being wasted.

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I watched a number on youtube. I liked it but I think I stopped watching in the second season? Embarrassing bodies is good too. Not quite the same but you might like it if you check it out.
Haha, you assume correctly because I think I've seen almost every single episode of Embarrassing Bodies.

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I have seen a couple episodes. I don't mean to sound snobby, but it repulses me to see someone consume that much crap food in a setting and on the other side of the table is someone who eats 2 candy bars and a carrot stick in the average day. Just makes me want to smack some sense into both of the people! Another show I am in shock and awe over (in a bad way) is "secret eaters".

Now, I could probably be on the show freaky eaters because while I eat a normal amount of nutritious foods, I do have 'odd' eating habits. I am VERY particular about the order I eat foods in, can only eat certain foods at certain times of day, foods must not touch on my plate ext... Always have been that way, ever since I was a kid. Perhaps that's why shows that feature other people eating bother me so much, they definitely do not eat in the "right" way
I've watched a few episodes of Secret Eaters, and Freaky Eaters. I like them but Supersize is my favourite of them all. I think I would drive you crazy, as I love to mix all my foods together haha. I always have.

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I have watched it in the past...I enjoyed it except for the bit where they show the two how much they eat by shoving it down a big transparent tube..I don't like the food being wasted.
They don't do that in the later seasons. It used to make me feel sick seeing all the food in the tube, but thankfully after season 2 or 3 they got rid of it.
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#6 Old 02-12-2016, 03:40 PM
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I've been watching a ton of UK shows on Youtube lately. Supersize vs Superskinny is one of my favorites, hello Dr. Christian! Haha.

I also like Eat Well for Less but I think I've watched all of the episodes on Youtube. I'm always amazed by how much people spend on food, especially processed crap.
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I love UK shows, but I'm not crazy about this one. I have seen a couple episodes where the "severely underweight" people were a fairly healthy weight for their height. Plus I don't think it's healthy to make someone with a really small stomach try to consume so much food that it makes them sick. I do like the idea of getting people to eat in a more balanced way though.

Some other UK entertaining weight loss shows I watch on Youtube and love: Fat Families (don't be put off by the fat comments, they aren't as candid in the UK and in the end the people are better off), Secret Eaters, You Are What You Eat. And even though it has absolutely nothing to do with eating, you have to watch How Clean Is Your House with Kim and Aggy (it's so funny).

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I love UK shows, but I'm not crazy about this one. I have seen a couple episodes where the "severely underweight" people were a fairly healthy weight for their height. Plus I don't think it's healthy to make someone with a really small stomach try to consume so much food that it makes them sick. I do like the idea of getting people to eat in a more balanced way though.

Some other UK entertaining weight loss shows I watch on Youtube and love: Fat Families (don't be put off by the fat comments, they aren't as candid in the UK and in the end the people are better off), Secret Eaters, You Are What You Eat. And even though it has absolutely nothing to do with eating, you have to watch How Clean Is Your House with Kim and Aggy (it's so funny).
All the underweight ones I've seen have been pretty bad, ribs, collar bones, cheek bones etc all sticking out quite badly. I do agree that making them overeat till they are sick is bad, but they rarely do, they try at as much as they can then when they can't eat any more they say no and leave the rest, they never force them to keep eating.

And I LOVE How Clean Is Your House! Kim and Aggy are awesome. I've watched a few episodes of Fat Families as well. I don't know why I'm so addicted to watching shows about people who overeat. There's probably some psychological thing there.
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I have mixed feelings about that show - and no longer watch it doesn't feed into any healthy impulses for me.

Perhaps it's because I perceive it as body shaming and I'm uncomfortable with that.
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I have mixed feelings about that show - and no longer watch it doesn't feed into any healthy impulses for me.

Perhaps it's because I perceive it as body shaming and I'm uncomfortable with that.
I completely agree with you. I find that show very disturbing on so many levels, and exploitive of people. I watched a few episodes a long time ago and was disgusted by the whole thing and have not watched it since. I have better things to do with my time. It's not healthy and is extremely triggering for those of us with eating disorders (and eating disorders kill, they are not to be made light of).

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I have enjoyed How Clean is Your House as well....but I have my doubts when they take a swab of, say the sink, and then grow some weird and deadly fungus in a laboratory....I just don't really buy it...I'm quite a messy person, and I have never caught any horrible skin disease....*touch wood*

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I have enjoyed How Clean is Your House as well....but I have my doubts when they take a swab of, say the sink, and then grow some weird and deadly fungus in a laboratory....I just don't really buy it...I'm quite a messy person, and I have never caught any horrible skin disease....*touch wood*
Yeah the thing that gets me, is they always take the swab, then get the results and come back saying "You could have THIS disease and this disease and this and this if you don't clean". But every time all the people are basically healthy with no diseases. They have already been living in it for years, why do they never already have these health implications that they always speak of?
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Yeah the thing that gets me, is they always take the swab, then get the results and come back saying "You could have THIS disease and this disease and this and this if you don't clean". But every time all the people are basically healthy with no diseases. They have already been living in it for years, why do they never already have these health implications that they always speak of?

It's been a while since I have seen an episode, but come to think about it, it is probably filmed in a couple of days, so I can't see them growing any weird funguses in that time....maybe I'm wrong though.

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It's been a while since I have seen an episode, but come to think about it, it is probably filmed in a couple of days, so I can't see them growing any weird funguses in that time....maybe I'm wrong though.
No what I mean is, they always say all these disease-causing things are already in their houses, and have been for years, and then they list how sick it can make them. But the people living there are almost never sick.
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No what I mean is, they always say all these disease-causing things are already in their houses, and have been for years, and then they list how sick it can make them. But the people living there are almost never sick.
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I was just wondering if they fake the lab results...

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I love this show 😶 its so addicting

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I have watched it in the past...I enjoyed it except for the bit where they show the two how much they eat by shoving it down a big transparent tube..I don't like the food being wasted.
Same! Cannot stand wasting food, even if it's unhealthy food.
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Does anyone else watch this UK show? I don't know what to think of it, I can't tell if it's actually helping or harming the people half the time, but every time I flick over and an episode is on I get hooked and watch till the end.

The basic concept is they get a badly underweight person, and then an obese or very overweight person, and make the two swap diets for a couple of days. It's supposed to shock them into seeing how much they eat, while also realizing that their bodies don't need as much, or as little food as they are feeding them.

A lot of the episodes are also on youtube.
Ugh, all I see with this kind of stuff is body shaming. As an eating disorder survivor, this is the kind of content that I used to use to justify my crummy habits. Honestly, stuff that shames people has actually been shown to make obesity symptoms worse, due to emotional and stress eating, which can take years to treat. I'm going to leave it there, as I could write volumes on this topic, but suffice to say this sort of programming is ultimately toxic.
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I have mixed feelings about that show - and no longer watch it doesn't feed into any healthy impulses for me.

Perhaps it's because I perceive it as body shaming and I'm uncomfortable with that.
I feel like that too. I used to like watching it because both of them learn from it, but I feel like the whole selling point is the shock factor of the super-sized/skinny person's appearance.
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