Supersize Vs. Superskinny
I used to love watching Supersize Vs. Superskinny! It’s a British reality show that brought extremely overweight and underweight people together. The premise of the show was to educate the over and underweight participants of their bad habits, why they are the weight they are, and to show them the extremes of what they were eating.
The two people would live in the same house for a week and would eat what the other was used to eating daily.
It was amazing. The super underweight person would be sitting there with a piece of toast with the crust cut off and a blueberry, and then the super size person would walk in with a full plate of chips, a full plate of meat, and cups upon cups of squash. Each person would place their meal in front of the other, and then they would eat what the other would usually eat, or in the case of the extremely underweight person, try to eat the oversized meal. Both were disappointed. The overweight person would starve and the underweight person would have to push through the mounds of food to the point of exhaustion.
I found this show interesting because a lot of the time the underweight person would see themselves as normal, they were there because their family convinced them to go, but the reality was, a lot of the extremely underweight people were just participating, because they wanted to prove that they were normal. Only a handful of super underweight people actually felt that there was a problem with their low weight. On the other side, all of the overweight people were there because they knew that they were not normal. They were unhappy with themselves and felt uncomfortable in their bodies.
When meal time would come around, the underweight person would not hesitate to point out the problems with the overweight persons meal, what it contained, and the size of it. Sometimes the overweight person wouldn’t comment about the underweight persons diet at all. The overweight person would wait for their feelings to pent up on the third day, and then react in the fact that they were being deprived, or the overweight person would just immediately take offence to their very limited food choice. It would go something like this, “No wonder you are the size you are, look at this portion!” the overweight person would say the underweight person. “Yeah, I would feed this to my child because they only need this much” would retaliate the oversize person, “You eat like a little kid. Says a lot about you eh?” And then someone would get upset and leave the table. Not to mention, there was an episode where the super skinny person was a scientist, he liked to organize his food and would even count the amount of peas he was aloud to have. He was paired up with a stay at home woman who by the end of the week had a temper tantrum. Normally he would hand her something that was small, segregated from everything else, and unappealingly unseasoned. However when this woman had her temper tantrum he gave her a plate of curry on rice… which is… definitely not something he would normally eat. I believe the show provided it so she would stay.
I guess the point I am trying to make is, that both participants were so emotional! They were both so defensive of both of their positions. The reality was that both were not eating a healthy balanced meal and they both needed to change.
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