Heavy, a new T.V. docudrama about obesity, debuted on A&E. Have you noticed several T.V. shows about obesity and eating disorders popping up on different T.V. channels? Some have been better than others-depending on the angle. A few have showcased eating disordered behaviors as odd and "entertainment" whereas are more geared toward helping people learn. On a positive note, the plethora of T.V. shows seems to reflect an overall growing curiosity and interest in how eating problems develop and how to best treat them.
Five aspects of Heavy were unique and inspiring.
1) Instead of pitting individuals against each other in a competition to lose weight, they did something completely different. The show paired people up to provide support and encouragement. It was obvious that Tom and Jodi benefited greatly from joining with each other. They did not seem to feel "alone."
2) Jodi said it so well. You need a "tribe" of people to help you change-your family, work, and supportive professionals. Tom lived with a family of "enablers" who fostered her disordered eating. Having a strong support network is key.
3) The show focused less on food and more on changing one's mindset. It was particularly evident in Jodi. In the beginning, her mind was resistant, full of unrealistic expectations and created high walls and barriers to change. It was incredible to watch her mindset evolve from "I can't" to "I can."