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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series emphasizes healthy eating and lifestyle choices, discussing the benefits of certain foods and the health risks caused by exceeding recommended intake of ingredients like salt, sugar, and saturated fat. The no-nonsense host's comments about the subjects' bad habits sometimes seem a bit cruel, but it's meant to inspire their dedication to life changes, and overall she's supportive of their efforts.
Violence & Scariness
Some of the host's comments can seem cruel.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Subjects pose in their underwear for "before" videos, but it's not at all sexual.
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Rare use of "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Subjects are sometimes shown drinking wine or beer, but the host is quick to point out the health risks of excessive consumption.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this British series promotes healthy exercise and nutrition habits. The holistic nutritionist host rarely minces words when she critiques subjects' dietary downfalls, but although her approach may seem harsh, it's soon obvious that her intentions are good. Tweens probably won't be too interested in this reality-type show, but if they do tune in, make a point of commending the subjects for their efforts to improve their health (especially when they're posing in their underwear for "before" shots, which might prompt giggles from kids who don't know the context).
Is It Any Good?
For the subjects, McKeith's information is a staggering dose of reality; some dissolve into tears when they're faced with their own shortcomings. In one episode, she analyzes (although just how closely she doesn't say...) her subject's bodily waste for more complete insights. The deadpan nutritionist isn't affected by the man's discomfort at hearing that his bowel movements are looser, more frequent, or, yes, even more odiferous than those of people with a well-rounded diet.
Bathroom talk aside, You Are What You Eat isn't likely to appeal to tweens. But if they do tune in, follow up with gentle reminders not to poke fun at people's appearances -- even to inspire change, as McKeith is sometimes known to do.
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