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In last night’s episode of TBL Families, Dr Norman Swan sat the contestants down and informed them all of their “body age” to show how obesity had aged their bodies.
While most contestants discovered their bodies were over 10 years “older” than they should be, the show took 28-year-old Sylvia’s results “reveal” one step further, forcing trainer Tiffiny Hall to wear Sylvia’s “excess” weight strapped to her body.
Visibly straining to carry the 80 kilogram vests, Hall struggled.
“Oh Syl – this is disgusting. I hate this, I hate this feeling. Sylvia – this is painful,” she said.
As the cameras panned to Sylvia’s face, she was distraught. Crying with her head in her hands.
"Seeing Tiffiny put on all that extra weight - my extra weight - it nearly killed me," she said.
"I've never been more embarrassed in my life seeing Tiffiny barely breathe, she could barely walk and to know that's my daily life."
"It's more humiliating than helpful. When someone is humiliated, it causes them to feel even more down and upset about their body image and self esteem which can seriously affect their motivation to lose weight," explains Sydney psychologist Maria Faustino.
"I'd be interested in whether the purpose of the move was to motivate the contestant or whether they were just trying to get people talking."
Of course it's important to increase awareness about how carrying extra body weight can be detrimental to health, but Dr Yuliya Richard of Blue Horizons Counselling argues there are better ways to go about it.