Parents' Guide to

I Used to Be Fat

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Teen weight-loss docu has positive messages about change.

TV MTV Reality TV 2010
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Totally teen appopriate

The idea behind the show is excellent; it could motivate the younger generations who are sadly getting fatter and fatter. I think that young teens could watch this, but it wouldn't hurt for parents to watch it too. It's good material to talk over.

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The series shows how teens can take charge of their lives and empower themselves to make healthy choices that will let them feel better about themselves. It also demonstrates how taking these steps can help teens build their self-confidence, which, in turn, allows them to be the people that they really want to be.

Many of the points made here are very constructive, but the show fails to address things like having a healthy body image and being happy with who you are regardless of your size. Meanwhile, well-intentioned parents are often portrayed as being part of the problem rather than a supportive part of the solution. But overall, the series demonstrates that it's possible to change what you don't like about yourself -- as long as you are willing to work hard to do so.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: December 29, 2010
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: October 23, 2022

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