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MTV Announces College Weight-Loss Show

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UPDATE [3/9/11]: Do you want to apply? MTV’s “I Used to Be Fat” Casting for Season 2

MTV announced a new weight-loss reality show, I Used to Be Fat. The show will follow teens during the summer after high school as they lose weight and transform themselves before entering college. The show comes from the producers of The Biggest Loser, and is part of the network’s effort to reconnect with a “millennial” audience.

Each hour-long episode will feature one teen as he or she works out with trainer, meets with nutritionists and consults with doctors. “That reboot of your life can happen over one summer,” says JD Roth, the executive producer of I Used to Be Fat. “The kids who really dedicated themselves and really wanted this made changes that are staggering. We had multiple kids lose 100 pounds.”

The first of the ten episodes will air on December 29th, in MTV‘s Ten Spot. The show is unscripted, and has what Roth describes as a “much more authentic bent.” The show hopes to make the most of the rite-of-passage between high school and college, capitalized on the idea that students can re-invent themselves when entering college, leaving behind old social stigmas.

Via Broadcasting & Cable.

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51 Responses to “MTV Announces College Weight-Loss Show”

  1. How to Apply for MTV's "I Used to Be Fat" | How to Get on I Used to Be Fat | Edu in Review Blog says:

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  2. Natalie says:

    Hi umm I know that this show is for older people like 18 but I’m really desperate I’m only 14 but u always get bullied at school and they say I can’t loose the weight but I want to prove to them that I can so please and thanks

  3. Stephanie says:

    Hi MTV. I absolutely love this show and can totally relate to the students on it. I have been over weight pretty much my entire life. I am 20 years old, 5’7 and about 200lbs. Obesity is something that runs in my family along with diabetes and heart disease. I want to be the one to change this. I am currently taking a year off from my studies in Nursing. I find it difficult to emphasize the benefits of proper nutrition and exercise to my patients when I myself am over weight. I lost my grandfather to heart disease when he was in his 60′s and almost lost my father 2 years ago to a blood clot just off his aortic arch, I don’t want to follow in my families footsteps when it comes to weight. I dont feel I have the support I need at home when it comes to my weight loss attemps. My younger brother has always had the opposite struggle with his weight as he has always been underweight for his age and height. Both of my parents were over weight and managed to loose a great deal of that weight but I dont think they see the struggle I have been facing for years. I want to look in the mirror and be happy with what I see. I have always had low self esteem and I believe it is because of my weight issues. I want to learn how to change my lifestyle so that I dont have to continue on this path, I want to be health and not have to worry about heart disease and obesity. I want to be the one to change this for my family. I would love to be on the show. I need to push to help me along, someone there to keep telling me that I can do this, that I need to do this.
    Thanks

  4. Stephanie says:

    I would really appreciate the opportunity to be on the show and start my life in the right direction, get on the path to a healthier, happier lifestyle

  5. Stephanie says:

    Hi MTV. I love this show and can totally relate to these students. I have been over weight almost my entire life and I am ready to make a change. I am 20 years old, 5’7 and weight about 200lbs. I am currently taking a year off school after completing my first year of college in nursing. I find it hard to emphasize the benefits of nutrition and exercise to my patients when I myself am over weight. Obesity is something that runs in my family along with diabetes and heart disease. I want to change that. I dont want to follow with the rest of my family. I want to be healthy and like what I see when I look in the mirror. I lost my grandfather to heart disease when he was in his 60′s and almost lost my father 2 years ago to a major blood clot in his aorta. This has made me want to change my lifestyle but I dont know where to start. Its hard for me to get the support I need from my family. My younger brother has always had the opposite battle with his weight, as he has been underweight since he was little. Both of my parents have lost a significant amount of weight but I dont think they see the struggle I have been facing for years now. I am so ready to make a change in my life, I just need someone there to puch me a long the way and remind me that I can do this, I need to do this, for me and for my family.

  6. linda says:

    hello i am 145 pounds I am trying to loose weight to enter collage this summer I really really want this please contact me its hard to loose weight with the mexican familly every food has lots of fat

  7. stephanie says:

    hiii im stephanie and im 19 i trying to get a job but my weight sucks im lkike 159 and iwanna bee 130 or 124 i wish someone can help mee i hate being like this i waht someone to push mee if i have someone like that i think i can doo it im a hard worker soo if this happens tooo mee i would bee soo happy i what my life to changee soo bad and i dont wanna be called fat i need this show help plzz help meeeeeee

  8. Ricki Fife says:

    hi my name is ricki i wear 240 pounds i have struggled with my weight for all of my life. im sick of walking in a room and being looked from being fat. i walk in a store and see clothes for skinny people but they dont have any for fat people i always wanna cry. being fat is not fun having stretch marks or rolly theighs . i had never had a flat stomach and i want not to impress anyone but for me myself and i. so please help me if you can
    RickiFife@yahoo.com

  9. tiffy says:

    hi
    i am 17 year old going be 18th this summer im 5’2 and 355 i think.. i love too be 130. i will love too be on the show I used to be fat..i am in 9g i am home school im not happy at all :( when i was a baby i was 2 pound i was in and out of the hospital…..i hope i here from u thank you bye

  10. KERRI says:

    I love ‘I used to be fat” and would love to be chosen to be on the show. i am 22years old and i weigh about 210lbs. I think my story would be interesting because in january of last year when i was around 250lbs me and my husband happily found out we were pregnant after 4 months of trying, then unfortunatly 2 months later march 16th i had a miscarriage. there was no way for me to find out why ( since most doctors wont do tests until you have had three miscarriages ) but i have read online that being over weight can sometimes cause miscarriages so i have carried alot of that guilt with me. I hate it but when i find out someone is pregnant or has a young baby i am kinda mad, because i wish it was me. Unfortunatly in todays society there is alot of teens having unplanned pregnancies, and me and my husband had been trying and planning and i ask “why me” all the time. since the miscarriage i had been trying to lose weigh and have managed almost 40 lbs, but for the past 3 months i have plateaed and have not lost anything. me and my husband want to start again trying for a baby, but i wont be able to live with the guilt if for some reason i had another miscarriage. i need to be at my ideal weigh of about 130lbs so i can feel comfortable in a pregnancy. MTV can you please help me?

  11. Tanya says:

    I really love this show, it seems like a real life changing experience. I’m a freshman in college and it just made me realize how much weight i need to lose compared to all of the other girls here. I’m 5″10 and 230 pounds and i am extrememly unhappy with my image. I used to play basketball throughout my entire high school career and fit. Now i am very embarressed with my image and insecure. It would be awesome and life changing if i could be on this show.

  12. Jonnica says:

    I would really love the chance to be on this show because I am so uncomfortable with the way I look. I am a three year graduate at Taft High in Taft Texas. I just want to be able to go out and have fun and look good and it’s hard when you’re always criticizing yourself. So please give me this chance to help me lose weight.

  13. Shieaga Griffin says:

    Im not begging or nothing but ……well yes i am<<<>>>

  14. Shieaga Griffin says:

    Please give me a chance………

  15. Shieaga Griffin says:

    Hello I am a graduating senior from the Mississippi delta (Ruleville). I am 18 years old and 5’5”. I am very terrified of a scale and I honestly refuse to step on one. Hell I’m big, I can see it, I don’t need numbers to tell me exactly how big I am. But the last time I was unfortunate enough to wobble on a scale I was 292, this was almost a year ago. My weight has caused me to be very insecure. All of my closes friends are small and I hate being the big girl in the group. I try to pretend like I am happy with the way I am by making joke, but it kills me on the inside. As of right now I do not have any heath issues, but my family has a series of hereditary heath problems like high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes and I am terrified that I am on the road to carry on the family tradition of one or all of these heath issues. I can control the way I eat in front of people mostly because I am ashamed. But when I am alone and there is food around, I eat. I eat until there is nothing left. I try my hardest to not consume so much but it seems as though it uncontrollable. I find my self stealing food out of the kitchen that doesn’t belong to me. My grandmother trys to hide the food but i mange to find it everytime. She has even stop buying junk food to help me. But i still manage to get money to support my habit. I believe that my weight gain is because of my addiction to food. I believe that this program could help me control this sinful habit. I want to go to college as a better, heathier, and more confident me.

  16. Lisa person says:

    hi this is lisa again i am deaf i need help me please i mean that my phone is wrong number and my video phone number is (901) 201 5860 thank yous hope u touch with me soon

  17. Lisa person says:

    hi this is lisa i am deaf . i need help me to weight i need help me to how to diet food and lose weight . i want to come back to my old skinnier . i am so scared that i am not going to loose the weight If i dont want get some help I dont want to get worse diabetic.i love this the show . Please MTV help me be my goal wait .Please all send me an email at stud4usupu@yahool.com or my video phone number is (901 201 5960

  18. Raven says:

    Hi, My name is Raven. I am 5’10, weigh 240lbs. I’ve would really love to be on this show. I’ve wanna lose 70lbs. by my birthday june. If I had someone to push me, I believe I would achieve my goal, while sharing my story with the world. I have alot to share and if I am chosen I would love to share the rest. thank you! please choose me. I’m ready to turn my life around! I would be a big hit to the show!

  19. fatimah says:

    well you know my name and well im not in high school yet im in 8th grade and well im 14 yaers old and im 5.0 foot and my weight is very bad it 216 poundes and im very sad i get tised every day about my weigth i just need help and if you do i promisse to never give a problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! can you plaese help me im ready for a change.

  20. MTV's I Used to Be Fat Helps Obese Teens Turn Their Lives Around | Edu in Review Blog says:

    [...] has done it again. Their newest show, “I Used to Be Fat,” follows teens who are facing a real-life obstacle – obesity – and their paths [...]

  21. tylor says:

    Hello….i notice that every time i watch a show from you guys (and not just you other shows 2) but you guys always seem to pick people who have really good homes and have well……alot of money or at least more money then most people..

    how come you guys never pick some low income families or people who live in trailers or Apt’s…
    You know something else besides some people living in a $700,000 home..(no affiance)

    I mean i way 310 (alot) and i would love to lose the weight but i live in a trailer so i guess i can’t be on the show LOL..!!!!

    Who ever reads this can say what ever they want but it would be nice to have a actual person from mtv (or any other show people)to give me answer

    thanks

    Tylor .G.

  22. courtney says:

    This is Courtney again..please contact me at cgreene1220@gmail.com if you are able to help me

  23. courtney says:

    Hey MTV. My name is Courtney. Ive struggled my entire life with my weight. No matter what i did or how hard i tried, nothing has worked. I have even payed for b12 shots and diet pills and im still weighing in the 200s. I would do anything to have a life like my three skinny roommates and actually be able to feel pretty, confident, and worth a second look. I dont go to school because i would rather hide behinde a computer doing online classes because i am so unhappy. I dont even like being girly anymore. Please help me turn my life back around MTV

  24. brittany E. says:

    HELLO MTV IAM A MOTHER OF ONE AND I JUST TRUNED 22 YEARS OF AGE I HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH OBESTIY ALL MY LIFE IAM NOT PLEASED WITH MY WEIGHT AT ALL I ARGUE WITH ME HUBBY ALL DAY AND I STAY INSIDE THE HOUSE ALL DAY I DONT LIKE TO HANG OUT WITH FRIENDS AND I STAY HOME AND NOT AROUND PEOPLE IAM NOT HAPPY WITH MY LIFE BECUASE OF MY WEIGHT I STAY DEPRESSED AND IM CURRENTLY BEING UNDER TREATMENT FOR THAT I TRYED WORKING OUT TAKING DIET PILLS AND EATING LESS COULD U PLEASE HELP ME OUT I WATCH THE SHOW EVERYTIME IT COMES COME BACK TO BACK AND I REALLY WISH IT WAS ME.:(

  25. Niki says:

    I love this show!! I am fat and I would absolutely appreciate it if I could be on this show. I am 17, I’m 5’5″, I weigh 298, I’m graduating in about 4 months and I am soo tired of being fat and I just really want to lose weight before I go to college. All my life I have been “the fat friend” and I hate it. I just want to be able to go to a restaurant and amusement park and not feel like everyone’s looking and talking about me. There have been time where I have gone to an amusement park and not been able to get on a ride because I was too big and that just tore me apart. I have tried to workout but its soo hard when nobody in your home motivates you. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE…I need your help!! If you are casting, please email me at nikisoto34@live.com

  26. Da'Leesia Gordon says:

    HELLO MY NAME IS DA’LEESIA IVE BEEN HAVING A WEIGHT PROBLEM ALL MY LIFE AND I HAVE BEEN WANTING TO LOSE WEIGHT ALL MY LIFE AS WELL.L IN HIGH SCHOOL I STRUGGLED WITH MY WEIGHT AS WELL EVEN THOUGH I WAS INVOLVED WITH MY SCHOOL I WAS OVER WEIGHT. NOW LEAVING HIGH SCHOOL AND CURRENTLY IN COLLEGE FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE I HAVE GINED WEIGHT I NOW WEIGHT OVER 300. I GET BASHED ALOT FROM MY MOTHER ABOUT MY WEIGHT AND SHE IS HEAVY HERSELF. IM SO GLAD THAT YALL CAME OUT WITH A SHOW LIKE THIS TO HELP YOUNG TEENS OUT I WISH YA’LL HAD IT WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL. I WOULD LOVE TO BE ON THE SHOW AND GIVE MY STORY AND TO LOSE WEIGHT. IVE TRIED TO APPLY FOR SURGERY BUT THAT PROCESS TAKES SO LONG AND NOW I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME.

  27. Angelique says:

    hi my name is angelique and i have been dealing with my weight for a very long time during this i have been suffering depression my whole life and i realized its time to make a change and im ready for it!!
    please email me at mrslocabella@yahoo.com please!!!

  28. Thasia says:

    Hi MtV….so i know the season started but just wanted to see if i can do next seasonso ive pretty much been dealing with weight since i was as young as 4th grade i was like obese i was just over weight for my age. As i moved on to junior high and high school the weight started to pile on.Im that type of person that knows alot of people and can be friends with them, but only during the school days, when i get home i feel lonely and like different and just depressed. I have a friend who ive grown up with like forever but when high school came we stilll were friends it just felt like she lived another life then me. I am big and shes small. She’s on the cheer team and is confident and im not. She goes to parties have a boyfriend, im not saying that her life is perfect but it is damn near perfect. In high school people tease so much, but ive learned to just put it to the side, but when im in my bed i get all upset and maby even cry trying to figure out why people say the cruel things they say when ive done nothing to them. I really just want to become healthy and in the proccess hopeing i can loose the weight. I just want to feel confident and i really just want to go to prom and only think about what dress im going to be weiring instead of if i can even fit into a dress and look decent. thanks guys :)

  29. caitlin says:

    This show is such an inspiration and the way they get the families involved is really amazing. Im 250 pounds at 20 years old and have always been a child who struggled with my weight. Now I’m moving in to adulthood and carrying these bad habits with me. However, i’d love to get information about being on the show. Its time for the skinny girl on the inside to be revealed and to get out into the world and kill it with her good looks!

  30. Amanda says:

    Hi i’m Amanda ( 24 years old) and I’m 5 ft tall and weigh 180 lbs. I have been trying everything from eating right to exercising for months but it seems like i just keep gaining weight. I never went to highschool because I was to embarrassed by the way I looked and I’m still embarrassed. I have two little boys and a husband whom I love dearly but I am so scared that i’m not going to loose the weight if I don’t get some help. I don’t want to ened up like my grandfather over 300 lbs and diabetic. Please help me somebody.

  31. Danielle says:

    Hi MTV my name is Danielle.H I just saw the show and think I deserve to be on I use to be fat. Im 18 years old and have always struggled with my weight since I was about 12. I always get made fun of, and laughed at. I use to cut my self because of all the teasing that happend to me. I hate my body so much, and do not love it the way i should. I’ve tried many different things but dont have the motivation to complete it. Please MTV help me be my goal wait.

    thank you

  32. wonderful says:

    hello my name is wonderful and i think i should be on the show because i struggle with my weight and hearing my brother and friend laugh at me hurts alot but i have to play it off and laugh along with them because i dnt want them to see what their saying gets to me i already had a personal trainer for a couple weeks but stop going because i felt as if i wasnt seeing any progress at all so if you put me on this show i promise i will finish it through because i wanna prove myself and everyone else that i can get into shape thanks.

  33. Mackenzie says:

    Hello! I recently have just watched many episodes of this reality tv show. I not only found that I felt strongly connected with each of the contestants, but found that this show really had an effect on me. I found myself crying during many of the episodes with the realization that I am not alone. Living in area where girls are constantly critiqued and the only size of pants that fits the status quo is a size 24, I have a hard time fitting in. I weigh 150 lbs and am 5’2”. Often times I do not want to go out because standing next to my friends, who all weigh less than 130, make me want to hide in my shell for forever. All I need is someone who can help me stay on task with a diet and constantly work out. I am asking you MTV, to help me change! I want to love myself for who I am.

  34. Jessica says:

    Hi,
    I am 18 years old and I am a senior in high school. I live in a little town but is well know for its horse racing. I have been over weight for most of my life and I have been made fun of a lot because of it. Because I am overweight I have been very depressed since I was 14 and my only way of coping with it was through self injury. Now I’m left with scars that will never go away. I want to loose weight and change my life. I want to become a happier skinnier person so I can start loving myself more. If anyone can help me figure out how to sign up for the show “I Used To Be Fat” that would be awsome! My email is estars9@aol.com Thanks a lot:)

  35. Ahsaki says:

    I love the show, because it helps me to remember I’m not alone in this world. I would love the opportunity to change my life as well as everybody else who commented, i am a Senior in High School graduating in June & this is it for me before i start with the new part of my life- i am 18 years old and 235, I would love to be healthy and fit/in shape like EVERYBODY in my family as well as my small town school. I would also love to be able to shop without worrying about how the bigger you are the more expensive the clothes; etc. I just want to feel good and happy/comfortable in my own skin. and with motivation and encouragement; I’m sure i can get there…
    let me know, please and thank you.

  36. Zoila Carrizales says:

    My name is Zoila Carrizales. I live in kansas city MO I’m a part time college student because I have to pay out of pocket for my classes which is hard to do with all my other bills. I am 20 years old and I weigh 260 I need to loose weight and change my life especially because I was diagnosed as anemic. I really want to know how to sign up for I used to be Fat. If at anyway possible please send me an email with the materials needed to sign up. Please and thank you.

  37. Allison says:

    I have a 14 year old daughter; she’s quite beautiful, smart, athletic, talented but…she’s overweight
    . She’s 210 lbs and avoids the conversations about weight. She’s played on the school’s softball team, volleyball, and now basketball. She’s at the top of her class in grades and even taking high school course in 8th grade but…she’s overweight. She just got accepted on a USA Swim Team but….she’s overweight. Yes, she’s overweight and it’s her weight that is holding her back from “superstar”dom. believe she could at least get down to 150 or better yet 120 she’d have the possibility to be in the olympics. She is making the scores and the grade at her 210 lbs, I couldn’t imagine how fast she’s be if she was at a normal weight for a 14 year old; please help me help her….
    I’m still proud of her at 210lbs but I would love more than anything to REALLY see her smile and feel good about herself.

  38. katrina says:

    HI. I am katrina… i weigh 256 pounds and im 15… i want to loose that wieght before next year.. i want to goback to school and feel good about myslef and not always feel sooo ugly.. ive had weight issues all my life.. my mom and grandma both are the same.. and i dont want to be 400 puonds by the time im 18… please help me…

  39. Keoachia croom says:

    Hey my name is keoachia. Im 22 yrs old n weights 183. Im not happy with myself and needs help. this is my first time reaching out for help so please help me be tha person I once was.

  40. Calais says:

    hello could the show please inbox me

  41. Leslie says:

    Hi, I’m 23 years old and I have two kids. Before I had them weight was always a struggle. Entering high school at 165lbs, and graduating 210. I moved away and started working fast food and went up to 275. As years went on I always thought “I’m not that big, there are people in this town alot bigger than I am”. Now after two kids back to back, I am 249lbs(while I was preg I got up to over 300). I can’t even get out the car and up the steps without stopping to take a breath, then once I am to the top, I have to sit down and try to catch my breath, literally gasping for air. My family has a long line of bad health, and there are very few that are not over weight. I just want to be able to play with my kids, you know, run around outside with them for example. I need help, I can’t take this anymore… I mean seriously, I can’t keep using the excuse “my clothes shrunk in the dryer”. PLEASE HELP ME!….

  42. Janay lovett says:

    hi i really need help with weight lost im 19 and i my weight is 280 pounds i really need help please, i really need to be on the show because i think it will really help me and i know the trainer will make me lose weight because he help maric on da show lose a lot of weight in a lil bit of time!!!

  43. Salvatore gargiulo says:

    Hi my name is sal gargiulo 11 years old and weigh 152 pounds and née to lose it please help I’m know I’m young but I need this

  44. amy says:

    hi my daughter is turning into a college student in fall of 2011 and she crys almost everyday about being able to go to the clothing store and actually be able to fit into something without her weight getting in the way please help and let her be the next one on ur show i used to be fat before she starts college

  45. Kasey says:

    i would really love to sign up for this show. I feel that it could really change my life. i’m a junior in high school an things aren’t as easy as they would be for a normal size teen.

  46. Kendra J says:

    Hi my name is Kendra. J. I know that the show is for high school students, but I’m a college student who wants to loss weight and was wondering if you all a had a show or if And how do I apply for for the show. My you all send me an email at kreal74@yahoo.com

  47. nadia perego says:

    thank you mtv for creating the greatest show i used to be fat please give me the opportunity to lose weight you would really change my life

  48. CLA says:

    I can relate to this show im 16 and a senior im currently 220 pounds and i start college in the fall of 2011.

  49. Tranesia says:

    Hello i am a student currently n high school graduating in 2011 n may an i was woundering if i could get help in trying to join i used to b fat because i am in need of help to lose weight an i cant do it own my own please help if you can

  50. PCB says:

    Maybe the Defense Department should provide some funding. Childhood obesity is now a national security issue(not kidding). How many young males
    can make a one mile run with a combat pack and field boots?

  51. Jessie says:

    Man, this show will hit close to home for me. I lost 60 pounds between my senior year of high school and freshman year of college.


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