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man vs. food –not right today, not right tomorrow

June 11, 2009

Fact:  About two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight.

Aimlessly flipping through the channels a few months ago I stumbled upon a promo for a show called “Man vs. Food”.  No, this wasn’t some cheesy 50’s movie to be shown on Mystery Science Theater 3000.  Nor was it some low budget direct-to-video flick on the Sci-Fi Channel.  Rather, it was for a relatively new food show on the Travel Channel.

Fact:  Approximately 177 million children and teens under the age of 18 worldwide are now overweight or obese by accepted measurements.

Sitting?  Great.  Here’s the riveting plot:  Adam Richman, a talent less, borderline obese man from Brooklyn travels the Country in search of some of the largest plates of unhealthy food around –think 3 lb. plates of sausage, 7 lb. burritos, milk shakes so large they could fill a kiddie pool, and the like.  How touchingly Americana!  How entertaining!

All glut.  Zero glory.

All glut (and gut). Zero glory.

Fact:  In America, costs related to heart attack exceed 60 billion dollars per year.

As the show’s title suggests, not only does Mr. Richman ‘seek’ such food, mixed with less than successful blue collar attempts at humor, but he attempts to conquer (er, eat) said food items.  In their entirety.  Really.

Fact:  According to the UN, nearly 200 million children in the world are malnourished.

Okay, since when is our civilized society ‘fighting’ food?  Why exactly are we ‘fighting’ food –has the broccoli formed a militia?  What about the alfalfa sprouts?  More importantly, aren’t there countries near and far whose citizens are dying from hunger and poor nutrition?  Aren’t we Americans killing ourselves from overindulgence, poor food choices, and lack of adequate nutrition?

Fear the broccoli

Fear the broccoli

Fact:  the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the US has doubled between 1990 and 2005.

Summary:  not to get all preachy, but Man vs. Food, a tribute to gluttony, is not entertaining.  Far from it.  More importantly however, is that the whole premise is reprehensible and morally wrong.  Morally wrong today.  Morally wrong tomorrow.  Please do us all a favor and vote with your remote.  Or better yet, go outside for a walk.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 11, 2009 7:46 pm

    MVF is entertaining for the same reason we watch any reality TV shows or movies that involve indulgence and tabooesque behavior. I’d love to take on one of his eating challenges, but I know better than to do that much damage to my health. Do you like watching boxing or ultimate fighting? You’d have to write another blog denouncing violence. Let him eat his face off and host a decent show.

    • edbstratt permalink*
      June 11, 2009 7:51 pm

      Well, for one it ain’t reality, sir JS, as this and all such shows are 100% scripted.

      You, a smart, semi-successful 🙂 person knows better than to do this to your health, but many do not. That’s the issue with this non-decent show.

      Go Terps.

  2. Mark permalink
    June 12, 2009 9:04 am

    next up, Eric’s glowing review of Andrew Zimmern!

  3. June 15, 2009 2:58 pm

    Great points, Eric. Thanks for covering this.

  4. Tom Hanks permalink
    January 11, 2010 3:20 pm

    Get a sense of humor. I can see the stick in your ass all the way from here.

    Incidentally, your comment about Richman’s “blue collar” sense of humor is a failed attempt at a lower-middle-class put-down.

    Good luck, douchebag.

    • January 11, 2010 3:31 pm

      Hello there, ‘Tom Hanks’. How’s Northern Virginia this time of year?? Do send my regards.

      Ironically and incidentally enough, your base language and apparent hobby of getting kicks by commenting on stranger’s blogs as such sheds far more light than my enlightening (get it!!) post. Do share more.

  5. Joe permalink
    July 4, 2010 9:39 pm

    Man vs. Food is entertainment, not a show about how people should eat – any more than a pie-eating contest is a suggestion that people should wolf down as much pie as possible. If you’re not entertained by it, so be it – but lighten up, Francis. Your “scathing” review of the show is tantamount to suggesting that “Survivorman” encourages people to expose themselves to the wilderness. Don’t be obtuse.

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