TV review – Pushy and Proud: Diet Crazy Mums

I bet the documentary maker of this program is fat.

After last weeks episode on fat kids and the mother whales responsible, the documentary tries to make out that parents who actively encourage fitness, attractiveness and health in their children are somehow mean and overbearing. And that the kids must be unhappy. And the main basis for the criticism? “It’s not normal”.

Yes possibly so; but seeing as being fat is increasingly becoming the norm I don’t see how using the “normality” argument (it’s a stupid premise to base an argument anyway) is going to bring about any good – good being less fat people.

Take for example, this mother and daughter:

Jayde, it would appear, is an extremely good mother. Disciplined (both with herself and her daughter) healthy, fit and – compared any of those featured in the fatty episode – intelligent. Are her children bratty, ignorant, stupid or fat? Nope; her 6 year old is charming, articulate and smart. And more to the point, happy, fit and a healthy weight.

The interviewer tries to guilt her into thinking that somehow she’s being a bad influence on her child. What rot. Sure, you don’t want your non-fat kids to get fat complexes. But far better that one is brought up concerned about ever getting fat, than not caring at all (which is becoming the norm in western culture).

Throughout the episode we see them exercing together – boxing, playing outside, jumping on the trampoline. All good stuff! The child isn’t starving, and is clearly happy, and clearly loves her mum. She has a healthy diet.

The only critique I’d make is that the mum should try a low carb approach to her own diet (not the kids though) rather than a low calorie approach. But even that is nitpicking.

She – and the other mums on the show – correctly realise that their kids would be far more unhappy in the long term if they were to be fat and unhealthy. I mean, this should be obvious, but thanks to political correctness and the vast amounts of stupid parents out there, this maxim is being lost.

Compare Jayde’s kid to the fat identical twins of the previous episode; stupid, inarticulate,  hate their mum, hardly ever set foot outside.

No contest.

Leila – with her 13 and 15 year old daughters – is well meaning, that’s for sure. Her problem is that having always been naturally skinny because of her genetics (until recently when age has caught up with her) she isn’t that practised at the whole staying in shape thing.

Certainly she is doing the right thing in trying to ensure her young daughters don’t get fat. I’ve mentioned before that I believe the saddest cases of fatness are the young adults who are missing out on the peak of their lives in terms of beauty (girls) and physical ability (guys).

Its amazing how the sisters accept that they’re unhappy about their weight, yet when push comes to shove they just can’t pull through when it counts. Obviously they don’t care enough. Typical British teens. Thankfully they aren’t actually fat. Yet. But then, they’re only 13 and 15 so watch this space.

Leila’s main problem is that she doesn’t quite understand the concept of a proper low carb diet. I mean, bread sticks will absolutely stuff your diet goals, regardless of the lowness of their calories. Plus she cuts out fats meaning that they all end up hungry all the time. She ends up more or less using starvation, which doesn’t work unless you permanently starve yourself, forever! 

The other family featured include Jane and her 15 year old daughter Sasha.

Ok, Jane does come across as an unfeminine biartch of a mother (I pity the husband most of all, not the kids) but she loves her daughter and strives to ensure Sasha is as fit and attractive as she can be.

Sure, I’d say she goes a bit far*. She certainly could incorporate a cheat day every week – it wouldn’t harm. And weighing yourself 3 times a day is a waste of time (although I guess its not a bad idea to use the scales to see whether you can have a treat or not).

And certainly, the mum needs to get on a proper low carb diet herself (they do a semi low carb diet for Sasha, which is perfectly healthy for teens if they’re not overweight).

At one point the interviewer asks Jane “What would you do if Sasha got fat?”. Jane replied that she’s not, and that she’s not going to be because she’ll ensure she doesn’t. The stupid pig headed interviewer (I’m sure she must be fat herself) insisted on the question a number of times, as if it wasn’t in Jane’s, or even Sasha’s control as to whether Sasha got fat or not.

Fkn retard of an interviewer; if you’re a good, decent parent with half a brain your child will not be fat because it IS under your control if you so choose.

My favourite part was when the interviewer tries to drag “body dissatisfaction issues” out of Sasha. You know, like surely she must hate her body, or have anorexia or something.

They get nothing! Its obvious that Sasha fully appreciates the fact that she is hotter than her friends/the average girl, precisely because of her and her mum’s efforts! And hence, she never really complains about her regime. She gets it.

All else being equal, being trim will make you happier than being fat. Considerably so.

*Note: Just did a quick search and it appears Jane and Sasha Bennington have already been in the press – a lot. The documentary mentions nothing of it, but it appears the two of them have already gained a fair bit of notoriety due to the mums apparent sexualisation of her daughter since a very young age, particularly via child pageantry. I have to say I don’t approve of child beauty shows, and perhaps Jane is a little weirder than the documentary even tries to make out.

But it doesn’t change the fact that overall, Sasha appears to be pretty happy with her current self and what she’s achieved. Certainly, a lot happier than the average fat kid!

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