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The series highlights the idea that physical and emotional balance is an important part of developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Some people talk about gaining weight when trying to cope with divorce, custody battles, the death of loved ones and other issues. Platkin's subjects are both male and female.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild references to looking beautiful and feeling sexy as they relate to losing weight and the subjects' self esteem.
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Products & Purchases
The series is a promotional vehicle for Platkin. The Diet Detective uses an Apple Computer. Various fitness centers, including Stayin' Alive Fitness, and food markets like The Fresh Market are clearly visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Hard alcohol is shown being dumped out in a sink. Recommendations are offered about lower-calorie alcohol consumption, as well as limiting drinking in order to lose weight.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series features a nutrition expert who helps people change unhealthy eating and lifestyle habits in order to lose weight and feel better about themselves. While much of the focus is on weight loss, it also looks at the underlying reasons why people are caught in unhealthy patterns. It also offers positive messages about finding positive balances in our lives initiating changes from within. While the overall series is mild, it does contain some discussions about alcohol consumption. It also contains some brief discussions about some difficult subjects, including divorce, custody battles and other issues that have led to some people's weight gain.
Is It Any Good?
Unlike many weight-loss shows, this series moves away from the idea of extreme exercising and dieting and focuses on restoring ones physical and emotional balance in order to live a healthier life. While there is a lot of attention paid to losing weight, the show's real focus is on the importance of developing a better sense of self-awareness in order to initiate positive lifestyle changes from within. Also worthwhile are the various examples of how people can make these changes by weaving healthy and realistic alternatives into their busy and often challenging lives.
Platkins is both well intentioned and compassionate as he highlights the importance of empowering oneself to commit to a healthy lifestyle that will improve their lives, rather than helping them fit into a lifestyle that has been designed by others. This focus on self-empowerment sends a positive message about being healthy, and underscores the idea that losing weight isn't just about dropping pounds, but is also a result of finding the strength to regain a sense of self.
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