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Too Fat for 15: Fighting Back, Season 1HDTV-PGClosed 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?

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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.

Great Show!

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.

Too Fat for 15: Fighting Back, Season 1
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  • HD Version
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • Released: Aug 09, 2010
  • CCin English

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