True Life-I’m Going to Fat Camp

Do you remember that old episode of True Life where three people, Ben, Jennifer and Stephanie all went to the Weight Loss Camp named Camp Shane? Well, it’s on YouTube and I’ve been watching it lately. So, because the show is available, I thought that I’d share my thoughts.

I felt very bad for Ben. At the time of this filming, this was going to be his eighth summer at Camp Shane. A lot of people couldn’t figure out why Ben kept going back when it wasn’t sticking. His mom had said that they had exhausted all other options. I believe that they kept sending him back because they didn’t want to give up on him.

Jennifer seemed like the sweetest woman. She looked like she was taking camp very seriously. It was heartbreaking seeing her struggle with food so much. I understand her situation, though. She lived in Baton Rouge and talked about how a lot of the events there revolved around food. This is very true, but not just Baton Rouge. You’ll see that all over the South. I love living here, but boy, we sure do love us some fried food!

Stephanie admitted to being the “princess camper.” You see her complaining and sitting out during workout sessions. This made people mad and still does to this day. Yes, we saw some attitude from her, but I can’t help but think that she was edited to be the episode’s villain. She probably had more good moments than bad, but we just saw the bad ones because they made for good TV. That’s just how I feel.

One of the reasons why I’m so defensive of Stephanie is because of the fact that I’ve constantly heard how a show will edit a person to look a certain way. MTV is not above this tactic. This isn’t me dissing the network, just saying that this has happened with them more than once.

The other reason why I’m so defensive of her is because she seems to have taken her experiences from the show seriously. From what I’ve seen, she’s in really good shape today and is a beach body coach. That doesn’t sound lazy to me!

For those of you that are critical of these three for their weight issues, cut them some slack. I’ve been obese and it’s not easy. It’s also not as simple as just “putting down the fork.” They really seemed to be trying. Ben may have been returning back to camp for the eighth time, but at least he had the gall to keep showing up. A lot of people would be too humiliated to keep returning.

Best of luck to these three! Keep fighting the good fight!


Do They Owe You Anything?

There have been a slew of weight loss shows over the years. Some examples include, I Used To Be Fat, Extreme Weight Loss, My 600-lb Life and the Biggest Loser. All of these shows have done one of two things with viewers, they’ve either inspired them or left them so angry that they’ll track these contestants down on social media and troll them.

Why the anger? Let us take My 600-lb Life for example. This past season there was a woman named Pauline. From the way she was portrayed, it looked like she relied too heavily on her son for support and that she didn’t take her weight loss seriously. People were furious with her and pretty much bullied her on social media. Let me ask again, why the anger? Did Pauline owe you something? People sure seem to think so. If they’re not left cheering at the TV and instead feeling like their time was wasted, they then want to make themselves feel better by shaming the person to the point that they’ll feel like their time was not wasted.

First off, I just want to say that I’ve found out that Pauline has been walking, losing weight and exercising. I’ve also found out that her relationship with her son is not nearly as bad as it was portrayed on the show. I’ve found this out through multiple sources. But, that’s beside the point. If you feel like Pauline didn’t take a big opportunity seriously, then that’s her business. Whether or not she takes it seriously will not affect you one way or another. Your life will continue.

Another somewhat old example is Tanner from I Used To Be Fat. Boy, were people mad at not only him, but at his girlfriend as well. Viewers felt like Tanner slacked off and that his girlfriend was a bad influence. People trolled them so much that I actually saw one guy asking for tips on how to bully them on a message board. How pathetic.

First off, Tanner’s girlfriend was not responsible for his transformation. That was all on him. Second of all, I have read that Tanner was dealing with drug addiction behind the scenes and that’s what caused tension between him and his girlfriend. I am not 100% positive, but it seems pretty likely.

Look, I’ll admit that I don’t think that Tanner really grabbed the bull by the horns on his episode. He had also looked like he had gained a lot of this weight back when he came back for a reunion episode. I will give him credit for at least having the gall to show up. The bottom line with Tanner, just as it was with Pauline, was that he owed you nothing. So, he didn’t take it seriously. And? Your life will continue. You’ll still have bills to pay and a job to go back to in the morning. Your life will not end because of Tanner’s lack of success.

I’m writing this blog not so Tanner and Pauline can see it. Chances are, they won’t. This is a very blunt message to everyone that thinks that they can shame a person enough to change their lives. You’re wasting your time. Take that energy and do volunteer work, become an advocate, or take up a hobby. But, trolling someone will achieve NOTHING!