Does TV really need more 'fat content'?

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Hot and Heavy  follows three “mixed weight” couples who “face judgement for being heavier women involved with smaller men”.
Hot and Heavy follows three “mixed weight” couples who “face judgement for being heavier women involved with smaller men”.

In her 2018 PhD study called The “good fatty” is a dancing fatty: Fat archetypes in reality television, Layla Cameron looked at how reality television depicts overweight people.

The abstract states: “Utilising TLC’s My Big Fat Fabulous Life as a case study, the author addresses how the introduction of body positivity into the reality television industry has offered freedom from fat shame only to those who fit into a ‘good fatty’ archetype.”

If Whitney Thore from My Big Fat Fabulous Life is a “good fatty” – upbeat, always dancing and constantly described as “an inspiration” – then the unfortunate souls on shows such as My 600-lb Life, are definitely “bad fatties”. They constantly disobey Dr Nowzaradan’s advice, they complain and they refuse, yes absolutely refuse, to lose weight.

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