A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's overall message is that problematic eating habits will hurt you -- but that you can overcome them.
Positive Role Models
The people in the show are dealing with serious health issues, but they're working through them.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The behaviors in the show are addictive behaviors, but there doesn't appear to be any actual use of alcohol, drugs, or smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a show about obsessive behavior -- in this case, unusual food addictions. Be ready to explain to your kids that there's a big difference between an adult who will eat nothing but pizza and a toddler going through a similar phase. Although there's not much outright iffy content in terms of sex, violence, or language, this show isn't geared toward a family audience and is more age appropriate for older viewers.
Is It Any Good?
The good news about Freaky Eaters is that it's only a half hour long. And the bad news is that it's only a half hour long. So while it moves briskly, it also seems like the "cure" develops too quickly to be believed. For example, during a talk therapy session, the therapist presses the patient to look at his relationship with his sport and his mother; seconds into it, the patient says that he keenly felt his mother's disapproval. It probably usually takes a few weeks of therapy to get that far (and do people really complain about their mother's disapproval in those words?).
In short, Freaky Eaters makes it seem like a seriously messed-up individual can turn his or her life around with a minimum of fuss and time. Hopeful, yes, but realistic? Maybe not so much.
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