TLC’s Freaky Eaters Is Rather Freaky

Have you seen the new show on TLC called Freaky Eaters?  It’s reality program that stages “food interventions” with people who the hosts say have food addictions and obsessions — including men and women who want to eat burgers, fries or pizza all day.  The series premiered on September 5 and is based on a British show of the same name. 

Each week the two hosts —  psychotherapist Dr. Mike Dow and holistic nutritionist to the stars  J.J. Virgin – sweep in to try and fix the freakiness.  They say they’re helping these individuals “confront the painful truth behind the food obsession and come face to face with the destructive side effects of their addictions.”

Just so dramatic!  Maybe these folks are just extremely picky eaters and need to get out of a rut.  Maybe they do need to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle.  But are these truly addictions?  Is this show really going to help them..and be of any real value to the audience?

I’m not quite so sure.


 

I wrote about the new series for MSNBC.com. See the full story here.

The British version of Freaky Eaters seems to be a frequent topic that  UK comedian Harry Hill pokes fun at.  Take a look at his reaction to an episode:

  

As a registered dietitian, I’m conflicted about reality shows like this.  Maybe some of these people do have eating disorders that need more help than what they’ll get in front of a camera. Perhaps ongoing sessions with a therapist or a registered dietitian who specializes in disordered eating would be more beneficial.

By the end of the show, are the freaky eaters suddenly reformed? Are we better off by watching? 

What do you  think?

Here’s what others have said about Freaky Eaters

CNN Health
LA Times
Seattle PI

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