What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that some worthwhile information about healthy eating and working out can be gleaned from this reality show spin-off that focuses on a group of adults trying to shed 300-plus collective pounds. But along with that comes a bit of bleeped language (mostly "s--t" and "f--k") and consumerism (the show directly promotes star Jackie Warner's gym and her line of fitness products). One of Jackie's clients also struggles with an alcohol dependency and smokes cigarettes, although Jackie and her team stress that these habits will shorten her lifespan.
What's the story?
Introducing eight overweight clients to her workout and nutrition philosophy, celebrity trainer Jackie Warner (of Work Out fame) guides her charges through a 13-week THINTERVENTION to lose weight and gain self-confidence. After training with Warner for seven weeks, the participants are left to work out for six more weeks on their own before the final weigh-in. Along the way, they gather for group therapy sessions to discuss their feelings about food and getting fit.
Is it any good?
Fans of Work Out have already seen Warner work her magic with significantly overweight clients via her exclusive "SkyLab" program, a six day/seven night fitness vacation that comes with a side of professional counseling. But on Work Out, SkyLab was only a fraction of the action at best. With Thintervention, Warner's taking her one-on-one work a step further with an entire series that expands on SkyLab's basic principles of nutrition, fitness education, and group therapy.
You could quibble with the fact that viewers don't get the participants' height along with their weight, or that Warner equates losing weight with looking "sexier." (Or that Warner sometimes wears workout pants so low it makes us blush.) But in general, Thintervention delivers more useful take-aways about working out and eating right than a lot of other shows about slimming down. Even better, it does so without too many gimmicks, resulting in an easily digestible message that health is seriously important.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about society's ongoing problems with obesity and body image and how those topics relate to both boys and girls. Do the men and women on the show have different concerns or goals when it comes to their weight? Is losing weight and getting fit any different for a man than it is for a woman?
Do you think Jackie sets realistic expectations for her clients? Are the clients' own goals achievable in just 13 weeks? Why is group therapy such an important part of the process?
How does this program compare with other shows about losing weight? What does it do differently, and does it work?