July 1, 2004 -- I used to call it a guilty pleasure. Now, I just call it a pleasure.
I'm talking about MTV's fantastic documentary series, "True Life," which has produced shows that have left me gasping ("True Life: I'm Adopted"), weeping ("I'm Coming Out") and weeping with laughter ("I'm Getting Married").
Tonight's new doc, "I'm Obese" left me not only shocked, but determined never to eat again. Is there such a thing as a chastity belt for your appetite? I want one.
The show features three young people from 17 to 27 or more precisely from 215 pounds to 615 pounds.
While the show could have been exploitive let's face it, it's not everyday you see a 615-pound woman in a sports bra it's actually not. Instead it's quite insightful.
While you might not find the answer to why we've become a country where 15 percent of kids ages 6 to 19 are obese, and (by some estimates) 50 percent of the population is overweight, you will find out how it may have happened.
For instance, 615-pound Amy who is married to a man who is also obese but looks relatively normal next to her is so fat that she needs a wheelchair. When she and her husband go out to dinner and she overhears a comment about her weight, she begins to cry.
"My life has been taken away by my weight," she sobs.
No! Your life has been taken away by your refusal to stop stuffing yourself with three pizzas at a time, lady.
Then there's Corey, a 5-foot-6, 400-pound high school student who has no desire to stop stuffing himself. He assumes that gastric by-pass surgery will solve all his problems.
He says at one point, "I feel like I am imprisoned by my obesity." Then, "I only have an hour for lunch, so I try to get down as much as I can."
Watching his long-suffering mom, whose heart is broken by his flat-out refusal to diet, is wrenching.
Then there's Frances, who at 215 pounds is thrilled with herself. No, she hasn't lost 100 pounds and became happy with the results. She's happy to be fat.
In fact, she's passionate about her body, going to modeling auditions even when the ad doesn't call for plus-sized models.
As she points out, "It's hard being a diva but somebody's got to do it!"