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Parents' Guide to

Shedding for the Wedding

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Reality series with mixed messages about weight loss.

TV CW Reality TV 2011
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Like most weight-loss competitions, this reality show highlights the importance of exercising and eating right in order to lose weight and be healthy. But the show's motivational tactics -- like stuffing the couples into wedding dresses and tuxedos that are clearly too small for them -- are sometimes more humiliating than inspiring. Meanwhile, important information -- like understanding the difference between gaining muscle weight vs. losing fat and the benefits of losing weight slowly -- are exchanged for oversimplified presentations of weight-loss successes and failures.

Nonetheless, the series does offer some limited long-term advice about the importance of making a lifetime commitment to living a healthy lifestyle after the wedding is over. It also offers viewers a chance to see couples attempt to empower themselves to make positive changes in their lives. It's not always comfortable to watch, but some folks may find themselves getting motivated to make better life choices, too.

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