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My Big Fat Fabulous Life: Glamorizing an Unhealthy Lifestyle?

November 5, 20159 min
Is this show a positive message for young adults to embrace their bodies, or is it downplaying the seriousness of being unhealthy?You might have heard of TLC's reality TV show, My Big Fat Fabulous Life, which follows 31-year-old Whitney Way Thore. In just one year at college, Thore gained 200 pounds. She became extremely popular after her "fat girl dancing" YouTube videos went viral with more than six million views.The show follows her as she tries to find her way in a society obsessed with weight.Even though Thore has found a way to accept her body and love herself again and has created the #NoBodyShameCampaign, a movement fighting the effects of body shame while promoting self love, there are mixed views on this show.Is she glamourizing an unhealthy lifestyle? Does she know the seriousness of her health issues? Body positivity can be a wonderful concept to teach (especially to young girls), but where do you draw the line between acceptance and living a healthy life?Listen in as Dena Cabrera, PsyD, shares he expertise on why this show is gaining popularity and if it's sending the wrong message.

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