Admittedly, I’m late in coming to the the Sunday 8 pm (EST) Style network show called “Ruby,” which began in November 2008. The first episode I watched was this past Sunday, and I have to say I was intrigued to learn more about Ruby Gettinger, her issues with obesity, weight discrimination, and healthy living program to lose weight.
The charismatic Gettinger was inspired to create a documentary based on her own personal journey towards permanent healthy weight loss. She has faced serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes and an enlarged heart, and had repeatedly – and unsuccessfully – tried over and over again to lose weight over the years. Through the Style television program, Ruby Gettinger now works with a team of professionals to help her reach her goals, and has already lost 10 percent of her body weight, which greatly reduces risks associated with type 2 diabetes.
On the whole I think the program is a hopeful, entertaining, and enlightening program, especially when confronting issues of obesity and weight discrimination and the difficulties in changing one’s eating behavior.
However, even with the support of her psychologist, trainer, nutritionists, physicians, and friends, I was saddened to hear Ruby speak in terms of “blowing” her diet, or eating “bad” foods, etc. This language reinforces black and white thinking, cycles of deprivation, and an adversarial relationship with food – all factors in why so many people regain weight after their weight loss program ‘ends.’
I’ll keep watching – and hoping – that Ruby loses not only the pounds she wants, but also the ‘diet mentality.’