My new favorite show is from across the pond, and it’s called “Supersize vs. Superskinny”. The show has been running for quite some time with over 6 seasons under it’s belt. I watch these episodes (usually back to back) for free on YouTube.
The premise of the series is that the host, Dr. Christian Jessen, takes a supersized overeater and a super skinny chronic undereater and has them check into the Food Clinic and swap diets for one week. They undergo medical exams and are told about the effects their current diets are having on their bodies. The results are often surprising, and not just for the overeaters. Then they get to literally see what they eat, as a week’s worth of food for each person is dumped into a clear tube before their eyes. Overeaters have been found to be overeating by as many as 6 days worth of calories per week. Undereaters often have the inverse. Each looks with trepidation at what they will have to eat (or not eat) over the next few days.
Co-host Anna Richardson is there to offer a break in the Food Clinic action and plenty of comic relief. She travels England and often America examining the latest diet fads (the baby food diet, the all apple diet, lipsuction, etc.) and tries many of them out herself. The results are often hilarious, as she clearly loves to eat.
I think the show has a perfect balance of comedy and severity, both shocking the viewer with the portraits of these extreme food relationships that these people have, and also making them laugh at the awkwardness of the juxtaposition of the two participants. When you have a moment, I really recommend this show. It might even shed light on some of your own personal food issues. I’ve certainly glimpsed some of my own habits from time to time.
Watch one of my favorite episodes below, then let me know what you thought in the comments section!
**NSFW Warning: While there is nothing inappropriate about this show (in my opinion), it may not be safe for work due to different segments showing persons in various states of undress to emphasize body issues.