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Is 'My 600-lb Life' exploitative?

Reality television was designed to give audiences an inside look into the lives of willing participants, but some argue shows like TLC's “My 600-lb Life” take it 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 exploitative and too invasive for TV. What do you think?

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Some scenes of "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 and feed them outrageous portions and a considerable amount of fast food. 

Another exploitative aspect is the bathroom scene. Production typically follows the participants into the bathroom and 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."  
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"My 600-lb Life" opens the door to the life of those struggling with obesity. It is a harsh reminder to society that obesity is indeed a sickness, just like any other illness, and should be treated as such. The show introduces the participants to professionals who are dedicated to helping them lose weight and keep it off the healthy way. Odyssey says 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.
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