MTV's I Used to Be Fat Helps Obese Teens Turn Their Lives Around

MTV 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 to success. MTV has also created other shows that document the lives of teens in tough situations, such as teen pregnancy in “16 and Pregnant” or “If You Really Knew Me,” where teens cross social cliques to really get to know each other. So far, there have been four episodes of “I Used to Be Fat.”

The first episode allowed us to follow Homecoming Queen Gabriella during her summer of dieting and exercising. Gabriella lost a total of 90 pounds and developed skills to improve her relationship with her mother.

After Gabriella came Marci, a homeschooled teen who was moving away to college. During the summer before her freshman year, she teamed up with a personal trainer to conquer her obesity and address her personal demons.

“Before going off to college, I definitely want to change my life,” Marci said. “I want to be skinny and be healthy and not feel like I have to eat every five minutes just so I feel like I am somebody.”

Dominick was the first male to appear on the show. Dominick comes from an Italian family that eats a lot of food. Dominick weighed 306 pounds when he graduated high school, but lost over 70 pounds with the help of a personal trainer. He has continued to lose weight since the show and is now happier and healthier than ever before.

The most recent episode featured Makenzie, who weighed 273 pounds when she walked across her high school’s graduation stage. During her summer, she realized that feeling better about herself on the outside would also help her feel better about herself on the outside. She is continuing to work toward her goal weight now.

Have you watched the show? What did you think about it?

Personally, I think the summer after your senior year is a great time to turn your life around, because as the show says, you can leave the old you behind and start again in college. Watch more teens improve their health and their lives on MTV on Wednesdays at 10:00pm, EST.

2 Responses to “MTV’s I Used to Be Fat Helps Obese Teens Turn Their Lives Around”

  1. TC says:

    I watch the show and overall I think it is positive for those involved. They seem to have really transformed not only their bodies but their minds. They gained self confidence that they didn’t have before. One thing I didn’t realize until the other night is that they are working out 6-8 hours a day! I realize this may be necessary to hit the goal they set for themselves but for those watching the show looking for inspiration, this can be a real blow because it is not realistic for most people to be able to shut their life down for 3 months in order to work to achieve a life change like this.
    So it will be interesting to see how the participants do with incorporating healthy eating and exercise into their regular daily lives. Most seem pretty motivated. I would just caution those inspired that it is good to set goals (I like the big countdown calendar) but your results may vary and taking weight off too quickly may not have lasting results.

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