Naturally, the justification for this sexist exploitation is “health.” Platkin the superhero is providing a public service! What would women do if we didn’t have complete strangers to protect us from ourselves and our self-destructive choices? It’s just too dangerous to leave us in charge of what to put in or take out of our own bodies. I am all for teaching people healthy eating habits and encouraging balanced diets and regular exercise, but this is sensationalism. Thin people aren’t glared at when they treat themselves to “bad” food. Thin people are allowed to indulge, because they’re thin. Meanwhile, it’s assumed that fat people eat nothing but cheeseburgers and donuts, so people shake their heads when they catch a fatty in the act.
The only redeeming thing about WEtv is the six straight hours of Golden Girls they broadcast every weekday. The rest of their programing is about either losing weight or gaining a husband. Has anyone actually seen this show? Maybe it’s not as bad as the website and promotional video make it seem.