by Golda Poretsky, HHC
Last week, I wrote about how euphemisms like “shedding pounds” were not only gross, they were detrimental to the mind-body connection.
So, of course, there’s a new reality show that preys on the negative body image engendered by our fatphobic, weight-loss-obsessed society. And of course, it’s called Shedding For The Wedding.
Hosted by “formerly fat” Sara Rue and produced by producers of The Biggest Loser and Pimp My Ride (I wish I were joking), this show is kind of like Bridalplasty and The Biggest Loser had a baby with low self-esteem, named it Shedding For The Wedding, and decided to get hitched.
Apparently, the couple that loses that largest percentage of body weight wins. And what do they win?
- The wedding of their dreams!!!! Plus…
- Gaining the weight back, plus more, within about 3-5 years!
- A lifetime of weight cycling, putting enormous stress on their bodies!
- Lowered self-esteem that is tied to the number on a scale!
- Guilt and shame over their inability to keep the weight off!
- A wedding album filled with pictures depicting their brief moment of thinness!
- People who watched the show obsessing over the couple’s weight for years!
- And so much more!
In other words, other than the folks making lots of money off false information and body hatred, nobody wins on Shedding For The Wedding.
If you need a Shedding For The Wedding palate cleanser, may I refer you to the excellent Museum Of Fat Love.
Golda is a certified holistic health counselor and founder of Body Love Wellness, a program designed for plus-sized women who are fed up with dieting and want support to stop obsessing about food and weight. To learn more about Golda and her work, click here.
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