UPDATE [3/9/11]: MTV Searching for the Next Cast of “I Used to Be Fat”
If you like shows about weight-loss transformations, then MTV has something new for you. The network announced a new weight-loss reality show, called I Used to Be Fat. The show will follow teens during the summer after high school as they work to lose weight and transform themselves before entering college. The show comes from the producers of The Biggest Loser, and is part of the network’s effort to reconnect with a “millennial” audience.
“That reboot of your life can happen over one summer,” says JD Roth, the executive producer of I Used to Be Fat. “The kids who really dedicated themselves and really wanted this made changes that are staggering. We had multiple kids lose 100 pounds.” Each hour-long episode will feature one teen as he or she workout with trainer, meet with nutritionists and consult with doctors. Like the MTV hit Jersey Shore, the new show is unscripted, and has what Roth describes as a “much more authentic bent.”
We’ll have to wait until the premier episode on December 29th to see if all of the teens come down to their goal weights, and still resist the freshman 15. Some have speculated over whether or not the show will promote a healthy attitude towards body image, or if it will simply be a lesson in crash dieting to look hot for the first day of class.
Via Broadcasting & Cable.
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