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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this reality show features strong women, and contains empowering messages about losing weight in a healthy way, but buries them under an endless amount of salty language (strongest vocab bleeped), cat fights, and strong sexual references. Drinking is visible during meetings, social events, and private moments. The show is also a promotional vehicle for the Miss Fit Club.
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What's the story?
The reality series WICKED FIT features former pageant queen and owner of Katie Boyd's Miss Fit Club, a Boston fitness center designed to help pageant girls and other women lose weight and get in shape. While her best pageant friend and former Miss Connecticut U.S.A. winner Monica Pietrzak works on developing the MFC brand, childhood friend and four-time Miss Massachusetts first runner up Monique Jones works as her personal assistant. Building her business isn't easy, especially when her staff is jealous of each other, and in some cases, moving on to bigger and better things. Also making life interesting are her parents, who like to offer her colorful advice. But throughout it all, she continues to help her clients lose weight, get healthy, and feel better about themselves.
Is it any good?
Like most reality shows, it contains the expected sexual innuendo, salty language, and catty arguments. But it also shows how a strong and smart woman can take something that is often regarded as sexist and objectifying and turning into an empowering business venture. It also offers some positive messages about getting fit and the importance of healthy weight-loss.
Unfortunately, it is sometimes a little hard to appreciate these messages when thanks to all the bawdy humor and unnatural over-the-top drama. The good news is that it'll be a fun watch for those who like this kind of voyeuristic entertainment. The bad news is that the positive messages it does contain may not reach folks who can benefit from it.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about gaining weight and getting fit. What kind of messages does the media send about these issues? What kinds of stereotypes are created as a result of these messages? How do media representations of fitness and weight-loss impact the way girls and boys think about their bodies and themselves?
Many reality shows seem to feature particular cast members that can't stand each other. Do you think these negative relationships are real? Or are they created for reality entertainment purposes? What kind of messages do these shows send about female relationships?