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MTV's latest real-life series

MTV may be known as the home of everyone’s guilty pleasure reality TV shows, but it still has another mission besides cheap entertainment.
Jersey Shore and other trashy, albeit addicting, series aside, MTV has brought us the likes of True Life, Made and 16 and Pregnant—programs dedicated to bringing to light issues that face teenagers every day. And premiering tonight, Dec. 29, at 10 p.m. ET, it’ll bring us a new docu-series: I Used to Be Fat.
The show will follow the lives of teens who have just graduated from high school, where they were teased and tormented for their weights, and are heading off to college in the fall. Everyone looks at going away as a fresh start, a chance to be who they want to be without the high school rep. And these teens are no different. Over the summer, they attempt to lose large amounts of weight (ranging from 40 to 100 pounds). Viewers will get an in-depth look into their battle for weight loss, as well as glimpse at the reasoning behind their size. 
Reality addiction or not, the new series brings attention to the shocking statistics. Right now, one in three kids in the U.S. is overweight or obese. And overweight teens are more likely to be overweight adults and suffer other health implications (like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease) down the road.
The dedication of the teens featured on I Used to Be Fat is certainly inspiring. And seeing the hardships they’ve gone through due to their outwardly appearance is something many might be able to relate to in some way or another.

Be sure to catch the premiere of I Used to Be Fat tonight at 10 p.m. Then come back and let us know your thoughts.

Want to learn more about obesity in teenage girls? Check out the article “Weighty Matters” on page 74 of our December/January 2011 issue.

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by Bridget Runge | 2/1/2016
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