I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here is the show we love to despair of for a lot of reasons.
It featured Shane Warne waxing lyrical about how we evolved from aliens. It referred to Dean Geyer as a Hollywood Heartthrob. And it ruined our memories of Jo-Beth Taylor as a loveable sidekick in the glory days of Hey Hey, It’s Saturday.
But these harmless details aside, Rosie Waterland says there’s a sinister side to the show that is spruiking a dangerous message.
With the celebrities on a staple diet of rice and beans, they’re clocking about 500 calories a day. That’s about 20% of an average calorie intake per day, for a male.
So of course the celebrities are losing weight.
But as Rosie Waterland says on the latest episode of The Binge, it’s the celebration around this fact that is worrying her.
Listen to Rosie’s full discussion here:
From the confessions of former AFL star Brendan Fevola that he would like to lose a bit more; to Warnie saying he’d like to drop a couple of extra kilos, to DJ Havana Brown giggling that she too had lost weight, despite eating the most food in the jungle, there is an undercurrent that dangerous starvation and weight loss are causes for celebration.
Rosie Waterland says the public weigh-ins, the cheering, the focus on percentage of weight lost so far and the resulting tabloid headlines is all sending a dangerous message for people struggling with eating disorders.
“I know people with eating disorders will watch that and think ‘wow you can lose that much on a diet of rice and beans, I’m going to go on a diet of rice and beans and try it’,” she says.
“That is the kind of thing I would have done a few years ago.”
Watch the Weigh-in unfold here: