Friday, April 15, 2011
Too Fat for Fifteen
I love the show Too Fat for Fifteen. The kids on the show are incredible. I especially love Tanisha, she is so inspiring! On the other hand though, the parents of these teens bother me. They send their child away to this "fat camp" because they know that their child is overweight and wants to help them get healthy, right? My question is, why don't the parents support their child while they are on this journey of getting healthy? On the show the kids get to go home every once in a while for a weekend or so. While the kids are at home, the parents are either complaining about the healthy food, or won't eat healthy food, or provide unhealthy food for the rest of the family and that child is supposed to figure out what to eat on their own. Really??? I imagine these camps are very expensive, and if you are sending your child away to one in order to help them get to a healthy goal weight, why won't they support the child in this? Why can't the parents educate themselves on healthier eating, and be a STRONG support system. Show the child that you are here for him/her. It just doesn't make sense to me. It really bothers me. Here is an example of an episode I was watching today: Scotty went home for a weekend. His parents were doing a fundraiser to help pay for Scotty to continue going to this "fat camp". They were doing an auction and providing food. Here's the catch, the food they are providing is pulled pork bbq sandwiches, hot dogs, potato salad, chips. Not one thing on this menu is healthy. If you were trying to send your son to a place to get healthy and want people to take you seriously about it, wouldn't you provide healthy food? Also, she provided Scotty with "healthier" hot dogs. Well, as most people know, when there is temptation around, and no one watching you, its pretty easy to give in to the temptation. Scotty's mom isn't educated in healthy eating, I believe. I think she needs to educate herself, because she is making a fool out of herself in this show. I honestly cannot stand her. Everytime Scotty gets to go home, he comes back to the camp gaining weight. I had to get this out of my head and written down. I really love this show, but I really can't stand most of the parents on the show. Thanks for letting me vent out my frustrations!