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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Reality weight-loss chronicle is honest, personal.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Ruby weighs in for all body types!

This show is both informative and inspirational! Not only does it address health issues of being overweight, but it realistically shows Ruby in the struggle, no glitz, no glamor, just an every day person. It also chronicles the well known fact that most eating disorders stem from an emotional/mental space, and addresses that as well. This how does not lead to false impressions of some shows, that once you lose, the battle will be so easy. Ruby conquers things that most of us dream of, such as that Harbour Bridge climb in Australia, that even her TRAINER had issues with. This is a GREAT show for all. Due to some subject matter, that is brought out in her therapy, I would not suggest it for really small children. If you are looking for motivation or just hope to persevere, this story of Ruby provides! 719 pounds, now down to 360 or so, with NO surgery! Who would not be amazed and inspired?

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Ruby's overall message is that a person can't succeed at losing weight if they're not doing it for themselves. It also emphasizes the importance of committing to lifestyle changes like eating healthy, exercising, and trying to understand the psychological reasons behind addictive behavior. And it offers a sometimes painfully honest look at what Ruby and people of her size face every day while navigating through a world that isn't designed for them, including activities as simple as sitting in a chair, taking a bubble bath, or putting on a seat belt.

While Ruby and her friends do talk about how and why her weight has soared so high, the show's focus is more on empowerment and change than blame. But Ruby's need to confront difficult issues like childhood trauma leads to some tough moments that may not be appropriate for young kids. Conversations about romance and sex, although mild, are a little iffy, too. But despite these moments, the series is positive overall and no doubt will serve as a source of inspiration for people who find themselves struggling with their own weight loss.

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