Television producers are finally "waking up to the fact that the nation is comprised of more than Barbie and Ken dolls," said Chuck Barney in the San Jose Mercury News. The "rousing success" of shows like NBC's The Biggest Loser proved that, despite "television's obsession with stick-figure model types," viewers would tune in to watch "heavier and curvier everyday folks." And the newest show in the genre—Fox's Bachelor-esque More to Love—proves that TV can treat overweight people with respect and still be entertaining.
Please, said Heather Havrilesky in Salon. The producers of More to Love, which premieres Tuesday, are just "pretending to embrace and support" the show's contestants while "snickering behind their hands as the cameras roll." And "instead of actually learning what these women are like on the inside, all we hear about is their outsides." If you really "want to do a dating competition with big women the right way, you have to treat the women like (gasp) regular human beings."
Whatever you think of More to Love, said Gary Strauss in USA Today, expect to see more shows featuring plus-size contestants and characters. "With the nation's obesity rate rising and more than half of adults considered overweight," a lot of peope can relate to a dating show in which a "bevy of plus-size women" compete for the affections of a nearly-300-pound man.
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