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Supersize vs. superskinny


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I used to watch this show a lot online in the past, but I saw it was on the Oprah network all day today (and the other day). 

Does anyone else watch this show? What do you think of it?

I think it's really interesting, but hard to believe the superskinny ones are "naturally" that way with no ED. Well they do get that way from undereating, so I guess its not natural.

Do you guys think this is a realistic show? I just think it's weird that the people who barely eat anything and are underweight don't get diagnosed with an ED when their BMIs are around 15. 

I do realize it's only a show, and for entertainment, and it doesn't trigger me, I was just wondering if any one else had other opinions on it? 

(Not sure if this is the right forum)

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I think the show is really stupid and it doesn't really prove a point - not until the end, when they both get proper diet advice. And I suspect that a lot of people on the show DO have EDs... some of them really are skin and bones.

I only ever watched in on youtube w/ no volume on. (so I wouldnt disrupt anyone)

What do they do? I got confused. Why are the skinny people eating like the fat people and the fat people eating like the skinny people? And what's that tube thing food falls down from? lol

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Original Post by zombers:

I only ever watched in on youtube w/ no volume on. (so I wouldnt disrupt anyone)

What do they do? I got confused. Why are the skinny people eating like the fat people and the fat people eating like the skinny people? And what's that tube thing food falls down from? lol

The tube shows what they eat on an average day. It makes everyone go WOAH when the obese person realises how much he/she eats, and the underweight person realises how little he/she eats. They swap diets to get an idea of how distorted theirs is (though I don't see how this is helpful besides being an eye opener).


I do think it's possible for someone to be so underweight without having anorexia, but there is always some kind of problem involved - low appetite due to stress, being obsessed with getting your 5-a-day, just not being bothered with cooking, not being educated enough on how to eat while being an athlete, etc. Some of them probably suffer from anorexia nervosa but I think they don't want to advertise the stereotype that all underweight people are anorexic.

I love that show! I think it's great, it really proves a point, and I think it has helpful tips.

What I DON'T like it that the numbers '2000 for women' and '2500 for men' are used for everyone. Some of the sedentary women there could eat 1,600 and some of the active women could eat 2,500+ I wish they brought that up haha.

That show doesn't seem particularly helpful. It features two extremes: one person is over-eating while one is under-eating. Swapping diets only to be on the other end of the extreme spectrum is not helping anyone. They need to learn what an average meal looks like. Also, I feel like some of the people on the show have anorexia or binge-eating disorder, yet they never address that.

I think eating the other persons diet is a great idea, aside from being an eye opener it lets the fat/skinny person get used to eating a different amount of food so that when they go home and lose/gain by themselves they wont be starving/stuffed all the time as they're almost used to it.

On another note, although most of the skinny people would fit the criteria for ed, I find it shocking that none of you consider the fat people to have an ed.  It works both ways yano!

Edit: apart from the person above me lol :P

I love that show. I think the whole swapping meals is to show the person who is overeating/undereating just how bad there portion is, but guilting them into watching someone else have to deal with it. 

Anyone else find it sad/hilarious that they always show people in the US who are obese to scare the supersize person. It's like.. there aren't british people who they could show.. Not all Americans are obese and I feel like that's what they are insinuating.  

The doctor is really cute.. :3

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Thanks for the reminder.  I love watching this show and I see season 4 on you tube niw.

Yes the doctor is a hottie!

i love this show and used to watch it all the time on youtube. However, i don't think that ANYONE EATS ANYTHING HEALTHY AT ALL. the superskinny's eat low calories of "garbage" just like the supersize(who just eat exessive amounts of it).

A lot of them do actually have eating disorders, but the same way that the show doesn't state that the overweight people have "Binge Eating Disorder", they have no reason to single out the undereaters and label them with an eating disorder. The point of the show is not to look at them from a medical standpoint as no one on the show is qualified to do that, it is purely from a nutritional standpoint. 

I love the show though I have all the seasons.

Is it just me or is anyone surprised that the under eaters can get to that low a weight when some of them dont really eat that little - (like sometimes its 1700 cals a day) and when they say for lunch you ate a sandwich - "only one sandwich nothing else??" Surprised - what is so shocking about that?

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Is it just me or is anyone surprised that the under eaters can get to that low a weight when some of them dont really eat that little - (like sometimes its 1700 cals a day) and when they say for lunch you ate a sandwich - "only one sandwich nothing else??"  - what is so shocking about that?

 Yea. That surprised me, too! I guess if a person burns 2000 calories a day, and only eats 1700, they'll lose weight....but I didn't know you could become underweight by doing that for a long period of time! It makes me wonder if they are consistently eating 1700 calories or if they normally eat less.

Me either, I always figured that after a certain point, their bodies would become adjusted to that intake and stop losing, you always hear about that on these boards, dont see why it would be any different to those unintentionally dieting. I do think a lot of them must eat less than stated on the show to get so thin.

love the show. i'd like to point out a couple of reasons why:

1) They show how diasaterous both diets are.

2) Each show features an obese person and a skinny person with variable reasons why they weigh the weight they do. for instance, one obese person may have had a rough childhood. one used it as comfort after her baby boy died. another one actually ate really healthy, just a bit too rich and too much. one skinny person who was a picky eater and only ate junk food didn't give herself enough care. another skinny person actually suffered from restriction. another one just had a plan poor diet.

3) while they are both shocked at seeing someone else eat their diets, they are also encourage to look back at pictures and comtemplate why they are their current size.

4) the doctor gives them healthier eatings plans. however, i would like to see more super skinnies gain weight. the supersizers generally lose some decent amounts of weight, but the superskinnies are applauded for 2 pounds...they need more weight gain period (especially in a three month time period!)

the calorie counts are off, but at least it gives a good guideline for most people and raises awareness of diets the good and the bad.

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