My Big Fat Pile of TrashPosted: January 8, 2009
TV in January always has the usual run of weight loss programmes, count down to summer bikini diets and the like, but this year the television bosses have really outdone themselves with last nights fare, “My Big Fat Diet” featuring Claire Sweeney. For those of you that missed it Claire Sweeney (TV presenter/ former soap star) put aside her usual healthy eating plan for six weeks and ate whatever she liked instead- cue chips, burgers, cakes, full fat milk etc and we watched her poke and prod her expanding body as she piled on the pounds, 28 of them in all over six weeks. As she got bigger we saw her try and fail to squeeze herself into one of her favourite dresses, tell us that she felt like the Michelin man and go to a cosmetic surgeon in LA so they could tell her how fat she was and explain the procedures they could perform on her in order to help make her “Hollywood skinny”.
I was amused. I was amused by the absolute pointless tosh I was watching and I was amused by my own inability to permanently change the channel. I was mesmerised by the drivel and even though I was also watching “Celebrity Big Brother” on another channel (I was having a trash TV- a- thon) I kept flicking back to see what daft direction the show was going to go in next. It was billed as a project to show the effect of an unhealthy diet on the body which it did in the most simplistic and effortless way possible. While I agree that a constant diet of burger and chips isn’t a grand idea for anyone, I don’t think that message was this shows main achievement. Its main achievement was to fill a slot in a television schedule and provide airtime for a celebrity. I have nothing against Claire Sweeney herself, I just think the programme was crap. If ITV were really interested in educating people on the negative aspects of a bad diet they would have created something with a lot more substance and a lot less froth.