On Tuesday there was a programme on BBC2 called “Welcome to the World of Weight Loss”. Here are a few musings about it.
Any time I see a programme about weight loss, I worry it might be fatty-bashing but this was a warm hearted and ultimately uplifting programme.
A clever strategy was it featured so many people from different backgrounds, who not only became overweight for different reasons such as happy relationships, unhappy relationships, guilt, eating for comfort and bullying but it started for them at different times. This showed the complex nature of weight gain and the importance of appearance in the western world and it is not limited to a certain group of people.
The similarities to religion felt a bit forced and pushy at times, although it did have its merits.
What I gleaned from it was there are a lot of people out there with the same attitudes, thoughts and feelings as me. I could identify with so many of them shown, especially Jackie who recognises she is an emotional eater but recognition doesn’t help her get on top of it. That’s me!! But what was nice that the support offered and received to people attending the slimming clubs was very apparent and was a huge positive factor. Several said they couldn’t lose weight or maintain on their own, as do I. And as Joan said, “It’s for Life.” How many of us have learnt that to our cost as we pile on the pounds after losing weight?
Other than support I think the other principal issue that came across was control. People felt that when they were over-eating they were out of control and following a healthy eating regime/diet gave them control back. Mariam, the Slimming World consultant summed it up well when she said when she was in control of eating she felt in control of her life.
So did I learn anything new? No. Did I enjoy it? A big yes. What it showed was there are many reasons for people to eat to excess, and our relationship with food is complex. And there will always be weight loss clubs full of people in the same boat as you, to support you.
All the best,