Weighing In: The Ruby Gettinger Show on Style Network

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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.'

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  • Diane Bovenzi says:

    I would like to say that Ruby is a very courageous woman. She is doing this journey, not only in front of America. She is doing this without assistance of surgery. She is choosing to take it off slowly and correctly. Sure she will always have a weakness for food, just as a person with any addiction has for their drug of choice.

    Now day’s people are so critical of others. We must look within the person. Ruby is a kind, loving and caring person. She seems to be a great friend, and has great friends. We need not judge a person by their outer shell, like so many people do now days. Underneath the thinnest person, could be the meanest. Ruby, is a beautiful woman, she has pretty eyes, a bright smile, and a calming voice. I give her all the credit in the world.

    Ruby, continue on you’re journey and gain strength each day. No one is perfect, we all have our short comings. I will be fighting the battle with smoking soon. I have put it off till my fiancé leaves for Iraq, being I started to do this while he was still here and I didn’t want our last month together before he left for a year to be me, being moody all the time. Perhaps people see this as a weakness or an excuse, but that’s their thoughts and opinions. We must do what is right for us.

    Ruby continue you’re fight. You’re winning girlfriend. And don’t look at the big number take it one day at a time, and 5 pound goals. I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts.

  • Andrea says:

    Ruby!!
    You go girl! I love your journey so far…you are an amazing person.The love that radiates from you is a gift from God.Your friends love you…you can sure tell!Im praying for you all the way!!!Good Luck Ruby!

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