3/2/2013: The Reality of Weight Loss


Today we took a look at how Reality TV portrays the obese and how they work with them to lose weight. We were joined in the first half of the show by Dr. Yoni Freedhoff of the Ottawa Bariatric Medical Institute – a multi-disciplinary, ethical, evidence-based nutrition and weight management center in Ottawa, Canada.


The overall discussion revolved around the unrealistic methods shows like this push their contestants to achieve, the damage that can happen both physically and psychologically, but also how shows like this impact the viewers perception of the obese as well.

If you would like some additional information on this topic, the links below would make for some good reading.

Here’s a list of posts written on this topic by our guest today, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff on his blog and other places

Deal of the Week

This weeks you can get half-off a  telephonic Happiness Coaching session. You can contact Tom by phone at 612-240-4289 or visit his website for more information. Just mention you heard about the special on The Wake Up Call.


Rob is a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, certified by the ISSA and is currently pursing a nutritional sciences degree with plans on becoming a Registered Dietitian. He is also a member of the Obesity Action Coalition and a volunteer for the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America. As a personal nutritional coach with Positively Healthy, Rob helps his clients make small, realistic changes to their eating and exercise habits that add up to positively healthy results.

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