So while I was out shopping recently, I was approached by someone casting a reality TV show about weight loss for couples. The premise sounded good at first. They were offering professional guidance from nutritionist, fitness experts, medical professionals and a relationship counselor to help you with your weight loss journey, without you interrupting your life for a few months in order to achieve success. All filmed in the comfort of your own home, as opposed to going to a “fat farm” together.
While that all sounded promising, when I went home, I took a look at their website. The description for the casting said “did you go from that happy couple to that heavy couple?” They wanted to know about how you lost your romance because you both got too fat. They assume that you must have marriage problems that can be solved by both of you losing weight.
Their premise is fixing your marital issues by losing weight together. Apparently fat people cannot be both, fat and happy, in their relationship. The show assumes couples have stopped being attracted to each other, and the magic pill of weight loss in America, will solve all of those problems.
So I called them out on it, and said that as much as having “help” to lose weight is great, lying about problems that don’t exist on national television is not great at all. And if these contestants are really having trouble in their relationship because someone is too fat, then their relationship is not one of love. Perhaps those people should not be together.
My husband and I have been happily married for nine years. We have gained weight together. We are on a weight loss and great health journey together. We feel sexy together; we smile and laugh a whole lot and live life to the fullest.
I know that most people would have jumped at the chance for their fifteen minutes of fame, but we asked ourselves, “can we really be on TV and lie about problems in our relationship revolving around being fat… that are non-existent?”
You have to have integrity when you choose your path. Otherwise, why even bother?
My curvy readers, what are your thoughts on this?
*Artemis is the Beauty Editor for PLUS Model Magazine www.plusmodelmag.com
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