• Thu, Dec 22 2011

6 Unhealthy TV Shows We Wish Would Disappear In 2012

biggest loserIs it too late to add something to our Christmas wish list? It’s not anything that we want per se, it’s really something we don’t want. Specifically, it seems that our TVs have been graced with more than their share of unhealthy shows this year, and there are a few in particular that we would really like to see go away. Yes, it’s mindless entertainment for the most part, but these shows can also influence what we do and plant the seed for some pretty unhealthy behaviors.

Take a look and let us know which other shows we should add to the list:

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  • tessa

    two fat ladies is definitely unhealthy, but irrelevant – one of the women died years ago, and reruns are rare. however, they were also from a background in which “healthy” eating was not emphasized. in keeping with the notion that certain shows are mentally unhealthy, i would tack on every real housewives series and jersey shore instead

    • Briana Rognlin

      Ahhh, the housewives and jersey shore ideas are definitely awesome additions. But I will say — even if someone’s from a different background or era, unhealthy is unhealthy; you could argue that the unhealthy ideas in Jersey Shore are because of someone’s “culture” but that doesn’t mean they’re good to have on air.

  • Deborah Dunham

    Hi Tessa — I’ve been watching Two Fat Ladies on the cooking channel lately and they are on again on Christmas Eve. I’m sure preparing something unhealthy again!

    • Toni

      Deborah-they are on in reruns. I agree with Tessa they are not from a generation that was about counting fat grams and carbs….

  • Somnilee

    I have to disagree with you on both the Guy Fieri show and the Two Fat Ladies. Yes, they hardly emphasise food you would consider “healthy” (as in low fat, full of fibre, protein, nutrients etc), and while I’m sure you would suffer if you ate that kind of food constantly, there is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying it on occasion. Cooking up a special meal for your family a la Two Fat Ladies (smaller portions, with extra veggies on the side if you must), or indulging in something as far out as a Mac n Cheese pizza once in a blue moon isn’t going to kill you, if that’s what you want.
    Especially in the case of the Two Fat Ladies, they’re emphasising good home cooking, where you know what all the ingredients are, and that’s to be encouraged. If it’s not to your tastes, don’t eat it. But the fact you seem to think that any kind of food enjoyment, or the presence of (gosh) any kind of fat or carb in people’s diets actually speaks pretty lowly of your own unhealthy attitudes to food.

    • Myles

      Yeah the point of Guy’s show isn’t healthy food. It is excess and gluttony. He isn’t encouraging people to eat this way on a day-to-day basis or anything.

  • Mary

    I don’t know what you guys are talking about with the Biggest Loser. That is the greatest show that has ever come to television. It is bringing light to a subject that wasn’t talked about before and saving people who are dying from obesity. I hope that show never goes away.

    • Myles Cloutier

      Uh What are you talking about? Obesity was talked about before the biggest loser. The difference was people couldn’t sit and watch other people lose weight to make themselves feel better.

      I believe the point is that it is unhealthy to lose weight so fast. Without setting up a new life for yourself, gradually changing your diet and exercise habits, and working it into part of your life, most people will fail.