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My Beef With 600 Lb Life |

My Beef with 600 Lb Life


As most of you know I am huge supporter and fan of the TV Series on TLC Called My 600 lb. Life. For me this show is a great reminder of what my life was like before weight loss surgery. Because so often in life we are so busy living our lives that I think sometimes we forget the struggles we had prior to weight loss surgery.

For me personally it was hard for me to put on shoes especially if it meant having to tie them, or just wiping myself after going to the bathroom because my stomach was so large it was hard to reach. So needless to say hygiene was a huge issue for me. Or how about just walking across the street to gather my mail, I would have to stop in my driveway to catch my breath. This show brings back the reality of what my life was like, and truly helps me sympathize with the people featured on the show.

But one of my biggest complaints of this show and has been from day one, is how at the beginning of every single episode they always feature the person naked and trying to shower or bath. Do not get me wrong I understand that they are trying to honestly show the true struggles obese people struggle with on a daily basis. The issues I have with this is majority of obese people deal with being teased, humiliated and being embarrassed on a daily basis and by showcasing them struggling naked in the bathtub or shower to be only fuels or adds to this humiliation.

A honest story on the struggles of being obese and the hard lives they live can be shown without having to humiliate them in the process. This is a series that will be run and re-run on TV for years to come, with no hiding from that humiliation of seeing yourself naked and struggling on TV. The saddest part to me is that they are catching these people at the lowest part of their life, where they are dangling the carrot of possibly getting weight loss surgery in front of them but part of the requirements is having to showcase yourself nude and struggling in the bathroom. To me it just makes me want to cry on every single episode, my heart just bleeds for these people. Don’t get me wrong I love this TV series, I think it shines a honest life on the struggles that obese people deal with. Not only with their weight and all the things they are limited to in life, but it also showcases that each and every obese person has serious emotional trauma that they have not dealt with. I would love to hear your opinions on this subject, do you feel that showcasing them nude and struggling in the bathroom is necessary? Sound off in the comments section below.



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Single Mom of two girls on a journey to get healthy by losing weight and learning to love herself again!


  1. Paige Dixon says:

    I absolutely agree. I think that the seemingly required nude shower scene in the beginning is exploitive and totally unnecessary. These people suffer from people’s harsh criticism and judgement already without the added humiliation of their naked bloated body being exposed forever in cyberspace, especially if they undergo significant weightloss. What if this was your mother and you become the target of bullies in school? Or co-workers? I do like this show save for this one issue. I think the show can stand on it’s own without subjecting them to this violation of their privacy.

    • I agree as well. I’m watching it now, and I’m asking the same question. Why the need to showcase these people when they are on the toilet or taking a shower? It must be a requirement by the producers to get an emotional response from the audience. I’m not interested in seeing a human being who obviously needs help in a humiliated state. I’m more interested in seeing the road to recovery, which is clearly a hard and difficult road.

  2. Yes I agree with this subject.
    Losing weight and keeping it off is no easy task. Every day we’re confronted with unhealthy food choices like donuts and birthday cake at the office that can derail a healthy diet. Being overweight or obese also increases your risk for a variety of health conditions, including diabetes and heart disease. Weight loss surgery can improve fertility and reproductive outcomes in obese women, according to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

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