As some of you may or may not know, I enjoy watching reality TV. It's not exactly something I am proud to share, as most of the shows I watch (think "The Bachelor" and "Real Housewives of New York City") aren't exactly IQ boosters. I just like watching them to escape, and I find the storylines entertaining, for the most part. Basically, reality-TV-watching is a way for me to relax and chill after a long day.
When I found out that TLC was featuring a new reality TV show based on the life of a larger-than-life (pun intended) woman who unabashedly called herself fat and fabulous, I was intrigued. "My Big Fat Fabulous Life" (MBFFL) premiered in January of last year, and I was thrilled to see a woman on TV who was living in a larger body
who was happy with herself.
Sadly, these types of individuals (i.e., those who are fat and content) are rarely portrayed on most reality shows, as the usual circumstance is that the individual is unhappy with his or her weight and is determined to lose the pounds. Not so with MBFFL!
In a recent episode, the protagonist visits her alma mater where she gives a talk about body positivity and then fields questions from students. Who knows what really went on in that auditorium, but if we take the video at face value, she did a fine job of responding, especially for a layman who was put on the spot.
With time and expertise on our side, Jonah and I take our own stabs at answering two of the questions that arose.
Joanne Soolman, Registered Dietitian / Co-Owner