Thud! Not for the faint of heart.
Forgot about the weight loss shows. The Biggest Loser isn't on cable, but I think it's got sufficient weirdness to be included. Actually, it's not so much weird, but it pisses me off. Good enough.
This show touts health. Good eating. Exercise. HEALTH. The people who show up are in dire need of HELP. Why is this a contest in which participants are sent home!? If they're so damned concerned with health, find another way to penalize people. Shame on them.
A show called Heavy appears on cable. No contest. Two enormously obese people go to a health place for six months. No competition. They exercise. They learn about nutrition. They get counseling to try to understand the factors that caused them to gain weight. The two people leave thinner, wiser, and healthier. I watch this.
There are a few other weight loss shows on cable. I haven't watched. One is about overweight teenagers.