MTV’s Newest Reality Show? “I Used To Be Fat”

Drunk off the success of “16 & Pregnant” and “Jersey Shore,” MTV is adding another reality TV show to its line-up: “I Used To Be Fat.” The show follows overweight teenagers between their senior year of high school and their freshman year of college as they drop the pounds to reveal a “new” self. Each hour-long episode will follow one teen as they work with trainers and nutritionists to lose the weight; according to an executive producer, several teens lost as much as 100 pounds. While that’s amazing and awesome, it remains to be seen whether the show is a constructive discussion about body image (in the way “16 & Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” are sorta constructive discussions about teen pregnancy) or whether this will be more Jillian Michaels-esque sadistic BS with fat-shaming, extremely unhealthy dieting, and screaming. “I Used To Be Fat” sounds like a great concept to address a youth culture with serious body image issues, but we all know MTV has done shady things in the past. We’ll have to wait until the first episode airs on Dec. 29th to judge for ourselves. [Broadcasting & Cable]