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DietTribe

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Weight-loss show highlights the importance of friendship.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Women are told to feel good about their bodies -- but at the same time told that they would look better if they lost weight. Still, while losing weight is the show's main focus, it also looks at the importance of friendship and a strong support system while you're trying to do it. Some of the women discuss difficult personal issues, like dysfunctional relationships and long-standing self-esteem problems. The cast is primarily Caucasian.

Violence

The women occasionally sustain injuries (sprained ankles, broken bones) while working out or being physically active, but no blood is ever visible. Arguments between some of the women and the personal trainer, who also jokingly threatens to slap one contestant if she eats fried food.

Sex

The women make references to feeling sexy, but usually within the context of feeling more confident about their bodies once they begin losing weight. The group takes a "strip for fitness" class to feel more comfortable with their bodies; they perform some mildly provocative moves.

Language

The term "bad ass" is frequently used. Occasional curse words (like "goddamn") are fully bleeped.

Consumerism

Most of the women's workouts take place at a Bally Total Fitness center, and the gym's logo is prominently featured. Other Los Angeles commercial establishments like The Blues and Studio DNA are also visible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The women are occasionally shown going out and drinking alcohol (mostly beer and wine). After a birthday party, some of them are hung over; one gets sick as a result.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while this series -- which follows five best friends as they diet and work out together -- focuses on losing weight, it also highlights how important it is to have friends who can support you during the process. Although the content is relatively mild overall, expect some iffy language (though stronger words are bleeped) and drinking -- at least once to the point of excess. The women also make references to feeling sexy (and even take a "strip for fitness" class), though it's in the context of feeling more secure about their bodies.

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What's the story?

DIETTRIBE follows five close friends who act as one other's support system during a 90-day weight-loss journey. With the help of a professional trainer, the friends follow meal plans and take part in rigorous workouts designed to help them each lose 30 lbs. Meanwhile, psychotherapist Stacy Kaiser (known for working with the cast of Celebrity Fit Club), helps the women through the emotional and psychological challenges they face while trying to break old habits and change the way they think about their weight and their bodies.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

While the importance of losing weight is the show's ultimate theme, it also highlights the importance of having a strong support system when you're attempting to make serious health and lifestyle choices. It also sheds light on some of the emotional challenges that people face when trying to lose weight, from self-esteem issues stemming from childhood to being embarrassed about gaining extra pounds as an adult. And, unlike some other exercise/weight-focused series, DietTribe's professionals skip the extreme exercise/drill sergeant method in favor of a firm but more gentle and balanced approach when guiding the women toward achieving their goals.

However, like most weight-loss shows, DietTribe sends a few mixed messages. While the women are being told to feel comfortable in their bodies, they're also being told that they'll look and feel better if they lose lots of weight. The relationship between a woman's specific body type and weight is never discussed, and there's some question as to whether or not they'll be able to maintain their thinner physiques and/or lose even more weight after the 90-day program is over. Still, the show ultimately offers a more positive approach to improving physical and emotional well being and successfully demonstrates how having friends to share the experience with can be both healthy and rewarding.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the kinds of messages that shows about weight loss send to viewers. Do you think it's better to focus on feeling better about yourself as you are than on losing weight to feel better about yourself? Why or why not? Families can also discuss other ways that weight, diet, and body image are discussed in the media. How do advertisers approach these issues? And what do young viewers take away from dramas that feature glamorously thin people or comedies that sometimes poke fun at people's size? Parents: Check out our tips on some of these subjects.

TV details

Premiere date:January 5, 2009
Cast:Jessie Pavelka, Stacy Kaiser
Network:Lifetime Television
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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