Too Fat for 15: Fighting Back, Season 1HDClosed Captioning
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Being overweight isn't easy — especially when you're already dealing with the trials and tribulations of being a typical teen. The inspiring and powerful docu-series Too Fat for 15: Fighting Back brings viewers to the frontlines of the battle against childhood obesity as a group of obese teens struggle to shed hundreds of pounds at America's leading weight loss school. In a last ditch effort to get their kids in control of their weight, families bring their children to Wellness Academy where they explore the mental and physical impact of their obesity. There, the teens face their food addictions, endure grueling fitness routines and conform to a strict low-fat diet — all away from the comforts of home. Will the support of their peers and the camp's staff of coaches, teachers and doctors be enough to help them make the life-changing transformations they need for a more fulfilling future?
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe School of Last Resort||Wellspring Academy of the Carolinas is a residential school for overweight teens and young adults. Students enroll full-time to maintain their academics while losing weight and getting healthy. Thirteen year-old Scotty Basso has lost all self-confidence and is ready to change his life. Will joining the Academy give him the guidance he needs to lose more than 50 pounds? Scotty's peer Tanisha is morbidly obese at over 510 pounds. Not only is her weight threatening her life, but her size is a major insurance risk for the school. Tanisha says goodbye to her friends and family to get her health back on track. Will the progressive weight loss school provide the tools these students need to lose weight and grow up to be happy and healthy? Find out as the students of "Too Fat for 15: Fighting Back" struggle to be teens while dealing with their weight problems.||39:15||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSmells Like Teen Angst||As the weeks progress, Scotty, Tanisha, Emily and Terinna continue on their journey towards a healthier lifestyle and push themselves to stick with the weight-loss program. Emily is feeling less homesick and more optimistic about being at the Academy, while Tanisha continues to power through her challenges and attempts to walk her first timed mile. But after she slips and falls, she causes a scare when she complains of abdominal pain. Could this injury sideline her for the rest of the semester? Also, Terinna goes home for the weekend and struggles to stick with her diet and exercise program, while Scotty gets into a fight when his roommate holds him back from moving forward in the program.||41:18||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoParents Weekend||The students are excited to see their families for the first time since being at Wellspring Academy, but only those who have earned the privilege get to leave campus and go home for the weekend. Since he has yet to move forward in the program, Scotty is upset that he isn't able to go off-campus with his family and begs his mom to take him home. Emily's parents are surprised to see how much her attitude has changed and Tanisha's family is blown away by how active she has become since she started. But will they be able to maintain their progress when they are back in their old environments? See if old habits die hard as the students struggle to stay on the program away from Wellspring. Also, Terrina gets reprimanded for abusing her off-campus privileges and reveals the real reason behind her weight gain.||41:14||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSpring Breakout||Wellspring students face their most difficult challenge yet as they struggle to stick with the program while at home for Spring Break. Scotty's laziness continues to be a cause for concern as he misses more classes. Terrina's attitude problem threatens her chance for success, and she reveals the impact of the deep-rooted problems she has with her mother. At home, Emily shows her family how to eat healthier, and Tanisha proves to be setting a positive example for her mom and grandma as she maintains her diet and exercise regime. When the kids return to camp, they're shocked when they're subjected to a surprise weigh-in, and prepare themselves to take part in a 5k run at Western Carolina University.||42:02||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Breaking Point||After a challenging four months at Wellspring, the students are nearing the end of the program and face not only having to learn to eat off campus but enduring the dreaded Gauntlet. Is sheer determination enough to power the teens through this final challenge--or will some of them be pushed to their breaking point?||40:34||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMayhem and Meltdowns||With only two weeks to go until they head home, the students start to rebel as they face the pressure of their final weigh-in. The counselors also discover that some students have been sabotaging their weight loss by stealing boxes of cookies and candy from the pantry Wellspring is sharing with a summer camp. As the staff loses control, they take the students rock climbing and force them to face their fears. Meanwhile, Scotty's parents are saddened to hear about his lack of motivation, and Terrina's temper gets the best of her when she is involved in a fight with another student. Finally, the students see how much progress they've made over the school year as they take part in a final weigh-in.||41:17||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoTrouble At Home||As the school year comes to an end, it's time for the students to graduate and say goodbye to the Wellspring staff and their peers. After a week back at home, the students realize the same challenges and temptations are there--but who has the willpower to stay on track? Tanisha proves her commitment by sticking to her diet and exercise program, but her family has a hard time adapting to her healthier eating habits. Can she continue to succeed even though she's surrounded by temptation? Emily and Scotty both struggle to keep bad foods at bay, and Terrina falls back into old behaviors now that she's living on her own. Finally, after a month, the students weigh-in to see how their weight has fluctuated since leaving camp.||41:42||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoWhat Happens Next||Three months after leaving Wellspring, the students struggle to stay on track with the program, so the camp's counselors surprise them at their homes to check on their progress. When Nicole visits Tanisha, she's proud to see that she has kept up her diet and daily exercise, but becomes concerned when she finds out Tanisha's family isn't on board with her healthy eating habits. Can she convince Tanisha's mom to give up her fatty favorites for healthier options? After two months at summer camp, Emily continues to lose weight, but grows tired of being away from home. Scotty's parents are shocked when they discover how much weight he's gained since being back. During his visit, Coach John puts Scotty and his family through a rigorous exercise routine. Will it motivate him to finally get back on track?||41:01||$2.99||View In iTunes|
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realistic and inspirational
Unlike other weight loss TV shows, this one shows how hard work pays off, how it can change people, and that the only way to do it is one step at a time.
This show DOES help people!!!!!!
This show IS helping people change thier lives. It's not exploiting them; they signed up to be on this show because they needed help! Apparently you people don't know what it's like to be an overweight person (let alone an overweight teenager!), because I bet you'd feel a lot different if you did.
I'm not generally much of a fan of reality TV, but I really like this show. Not only is it just fun to see the kids accomplish so much, but it's also inspired and motivated me to try to do better with my own health and fitness.
Even though I'm not overweight myself, I don't eat well at all, and my already low physical activity levels have dropped even further since I finished school (even in college, I at least took a PE class ever semester, and walked around campus to get to class and whatnot... now there are days when I don't even walk other than to and from my car). But since I'm still young enough that, at a healthy weight, my poor diet hasn't caught up with me yet (things like my blood pressure and cholesterol are still pretty good), and for whatever reason, I generally don't have any trouble with whatever physical activities I do want to participate in (which are almost never all that intensive anyway, but things like walking around the city for a few hours, taking the toddler I babysit for a walk or to the park, playing with friends' kids at the playground, or even scuba diving are no problem), I've never really given it much thought.
Watching this show though, I realized that I really don't get anywhere near enough exercise, or eat well at all, and on things like a timed mile, I probably wouldn't do any better than a lot of the kids on this show, and I'm not at all sure that I could do a lot of the workouts I see them doing even pretty early on in their time at Wellspring, let alone the kind of things they can do by the end of their time there. But unlike when, for instance, I see my sister working out, and she works out a lot and I know that even if I wanted to, there's no way I could come anywhere close to the level of workout she does, with this show, I saw kids who were starting out at a similar level of fitness as I'm at, or even much lower, and got a sense both that they definitely could improve a lot if the worked at it, and also of what sorts of workouts and activities they were starting with, and that however much they were able to do to start with was still enough to have a significant effect. Which has totally inspired me to put more effort into my own fitness.
And the show also gave me some tools for how to start to improve my fitness. For instance, all the kids at Wellspring track their steps with a pedometer, and aim for at least 10,000 steps per day. Which inspired me to go out and buy a pedometer, and monitor my own steps... and it even gave me a daily goal to aim for (a bit of research confirmed that 10,000 steps is indeed a good daily minimum).
Also, the episodes where the kids were with their families made me realize how hard it can be to stick to a healthy diet when the people around you aren't entirely supportive or are always eating things you can't have in front of you. Which inspired me to be more supportive of my mom's diet, which is gluten-free, and low in sugar and dairy. She definitely appreciated it when I made dinner using gluten-free pasta and artificial sweetener in place of pasta she can't eat and quite a bit of sugar.
Also, for the person who said that there should be a reality show about anorexia and bulimia, there is at least one. It's called Starving Secrets. And btw, simply being overweight is definitely not sufficient to diagnose compulsive overeating (or binge eating disorder). Probably some portion of the kids at Wellspring do have an eating disorder (at the compulsive overeating and binge eating end of the spectrum), but many, probably even most do not. The fact is, limited activity and a diet consisting of high calorie foods, even in the portions that are designated as a "meal" in restaurants (particularly fast food restaurants) is more than enough to result in obesity, even in childhood, without even coming close to qualifying as an eating disorder. Obesity and COD are two different things, and while COD usually (though not always) leads to obesity, not everyone (or even most people) who is obese or overweight has COD.