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Video Vault: Supersize Vs. Superskinny

by Erika Nicole Kendall

So, I’m just gonna leave these here. There is mild nudity in the “European” sense, so be mindful. Just… yeah.

Subscribers: You’re gonna wanna click through to see these videos. Just…. you’re gonna wanna click to these.

As you can guess, I’m speechless. That rarely happens.

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I couldn’t find much info about the show, but the Wiki for it provided a bit of info:

Supersize vs Superskinny is a British television programme on Channel 4 that features information about dieting and extreme eating lifestyles. One of the main show features is a weekly comparison between an overweight person, and an underweight person. The two are brought to a feeding clinic, and live together for five days, swapping diets all supervised by Dr Christian Jessen.

The show also featured Anna Richardson in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd series, who examined new methods to lose weight by trying diets she finds on the Internet, some of which have shocking side effects. For example, Anna attempted Laser lipolysis, which went drastically wrong and resulted in severe bruising. Also, she discovered Diabulimia and spoke to Isabelle Caro, a French actress, renowned for her underweight figure and anorexia campaign.


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MP December 13, 2011 - 2:14 PM

I’ve seen several episodes of the show, but not this one. OWN was having a marathon one day. I like it. I feel like it’s trying to teach balance where it seems a lot of us are on some extremes. They have a variety of participants that show the many different ways people get to eating and exercising too little or too much. They talk about the events and background that got them there.
Oh I remembered one thing I don’t like: when they make people eat total crap–but they signed up for it and it’s a very limited amount of time (less than a week?). One of the superskinny participants was getting by on like pop (soda), packaged donuts, & small bags of potato chips and I felt bad for her counterpart for having to eat that.

Tracie G., The Brown Skin Lady December 13, 2011 - 3:57 PM

I ended up watching this a few times when I was in the hospital (I, too, think I caught the OWN marathon)…and while at first I thought it was really weird (especially the continuous switch between the main storyline and the chick on the side with her fad diets & exercise–it feels like two different shows, so it’s kinda jarring), I actually grew to like it! It seemed to be really balanced in its determination of what qualified as healthy and unhealthy food…if I had any beef with it, it’s the fact that they have to eat WHATEVER the other person has been eating, even if it’s not real food (i.e., the processed stuff); that kinda sucks as a way to prove a point.

Diva December 13, 2011 - 9:59 PM

I’ve watched this show before. I find it fascinating. A must see episode is the episode with Elizabeth. She is afraid of aging and eats like 2 nuts a days. I’ve included a random link to it I found. Would love to know your thoughts on Elizabeths epidsode.

Thembi December 14, 2011 - 11:13 PM

A show about swapping eating disorders? Oh.

Thembi December 14, 2011 - 11:45 PM

That was one of the most misguided and bizarre things I’ve ever seen.

Freda December 15, 2011 - 12:50 PM

What I found most jarring about watching these clips is that the “superskinny” participants look like what is considered NORMAL in American film and on American Television!! I already knew that the American media’s ideal of beauty was distorted and unattainable for most of us — I had no idea just how unhealthy it is. Here you have a doctor telling people, who would be PRAISED in our country for being so thin, that they’re in very, very poor health.

SoFrolushes December 16, 2011 - 5:26 PM

I love this show because it gives balance. It shows that underweight and overweight are both bad for you. You need to be of a healthy weight. The show always includes some counselling and given a healthy eating plan. What is good is that the underweight person often has such a strict diet they are missing key nutrients. One show a guy drank red bull all day for energy because he wasnt really eating food. Same with the overweight eating too much. I always find the part when they confront each other about their eating habits and also when they look at triggers in their life.

This show is educational and offers so much more than The Biggest Loser which is an extreme weightloss show. Supersize vs Superskinny to me is more of a re-education and ways to get to healthier eating lifestyles.

KaraB December 18, 2011 - 5:23 PM

Supersize vs Superskinny is a great show. When I began researching weight loss I came across video’s of the show and instantly became hooked. In my opinion, what the show aims to do is to help both extremes get better the healthy way! To drive home how bad each’s diet is, they swap diets for a few days. It usually opens their eyes to how bad their eating habits are. Then they go through a process where they try to find the source of their bad eating habits. Once this is complete, and they are now ready for the change, they are given proper 1500 calorie diets to follow, and they have to check back with the clinic to check their progress.

Anna, is crazy on the other hand, but she has other programmes where she gives very helpful insights in loosing weight the right way. However, I think her aim is to loose weight the ‘easy way’ but she is finding out that that doesn’t exist.

Very often we focus on the obese only, but the other side of the coin are those who are almost anorexic and need to put on a few lbs to get to their healthy weight.

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