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I Want to Save Your Life

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Diet interventions are compassionate and realistic.

TV WE Reality TV 2009
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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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