Is 'My 600-lb Life' exploitative? | The Tylt

VOTE NOW
Is 'My 600-lb Life' exploitative?
#600LifeExploits
#600LifeExploits
#600LifeEntertains
#600LifeEntertains

Reality television is designed to give audiences an inside look into the lives of willing participants, but some argue shows like TLC's “My 600-lb Life” go too far. “My 600-lb Life" follows the journey of morbidly obese individuals as they seek treatment. While fans of the show are supportive of the participants getting medical help, others feel many scenes, like watching the participants shower, are too invasive for TV. What do you think?

Dataviz
Real-time Voting
Is 'My 600-lb Life' exploitative?
#600LifeExploits
#600LifeEntertains
#600LifeExploits

Some scenes from "My 600-Ib Life" are just hard to watch. The stars of the show typically have partners or family members who enable their bad eating habits by feeding them outrageous portions and a considerable amount of fast food.

One particularly exploitive staple of the show comes in the bathing scenes. Production typically follows the participants into the bathroom to film them while showering. This would be humiliating for most people, but especially for someone struggling with an illness on national television. InTouch noticed fans reactions to the shower scenes on the show and documented them:

Other fans have directed their anger directly at the network, especially because it's obvious participants are being asked by producers to do the scenes. "TLC is disgusting," a fan tweeted. "Showing people bathing on 'my 600 lb life' to humiliate themselves for life-saving surgery." Another wrote, "@TLC …why do you film every person on my 600-lb life taking a shower? It's actually dehumanizing. You wouldn't show a thin person bathing."  
#600LifeExploits

Take a look at a clip of the TLC show below and let us know what you think by voting. 

#600LifeEntertains

"My 600-lb Life" opens the door to the lives of those struggling with obesity. The show acts as a harsh reminder that obesity is indeed a sickness. The show introduces the participants to professionals who are dedicated to helping them lose weight and keep it off the healthy way. The Odyssey's Haley Mellensays the show has many positive aspects:

Despite the flaws that my Dad found in the show, he too was fascinated and admitted to watching after I returned to school. While his ideas about the show make sense, I still don't think TLC intends to take advantage of the situation in a way that is disrespectful to these people. Instead, I see their mission as a means of reflecting the discomfort and challenges that come from being at such an extreme weight.
#600LifeEntertains
VOTE NOW
Is 'My 600-lb Life' exploitative?
#600LifeExploits
#600LifeExploits
#600LifeEntertains
#600LifeEntertains
© 2016 The Tylt
Use of and/or registration on any portion of this site constitutes acceptance of our  User Agreement  (updated 5/25/18) and  Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement  (updated 05/25/18).
© 2018 Advance Local Media LLC. All rights reserved  About Us.
The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed,transmitted,cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local.
Your California Privacy Rights