A Nation Addicted to Health and Wellness TV

From The Biggest Loser to Britain’s Deadliest Addictions, there is no shortage of television health programmes to choose from in the UK. In fact, interested viewers have their choice between all kinds of shows related to dieting, health, and addiction, from watching people try desperately to lose weight to getting an up close and personal look as family and friends attempt to hold an intervention for a love one struggling with addiction. So, why are so many programmes related to health and wellness shown on TV? The answer is simple; everyone watches them. Here are just a few reasons why these types of shows are so popular.

 

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THEY ARE ENTERTAINING, YET UNPREDICTABLE.
Unlike scripted shows, you can never be 100% certain of what is going to transpire on these shows. Could someone inadvertently gain weight or could an addict flat out refuse any offers of help? There could even be a huge disagreement between contestants or family members that leads to highly entertaining dramatic moments.

 

WE LIKE TO SEE NORMAL, EVERYDAY PEOPLE SUCCEED.
In today’s body obsessed world, we constantly see stars in the tabloid or on the internet that look absolutely amazing, such as Keira Knightley, Gemma Arterton, and Sienna Miller, just to name a few. What’s even worse is that we often see them looking picture perfect right after having a baby. Reality weight loss shows allow us to see people who are just like us work to get their own bodies in top shape.

 

OF COURSE, WE ALSO LIKE TO SEE THEM FAIL.
Sometimes we like to see others who are not quite so successful. It is simply human nature because it tends to make us feel better about ourselves. Don’t try and deny it.

 

THEY GIVE US HOPE, WHILE ALSO REMINDING US THAT WE ARE NOT ALONE.
Whether you are trying to lose weight or are battling an alcohol detox addiction, seeing other people, who are in a situation similar to your own, can provide strength, encouragement, and even a bit of guidance. Plus, by watching others accomplish their own goals right before our own eyes (over the course of a season), we are reminded that it is possible for us to do the same.

 

THEY PROVIDE US WITH THE CHANCE TO CHEER ON THE UNDERDOG.
This loosely goes along with watching others fail. Whether we realise it or not, we tend to get a small emotional boost when we see people who are not doing as well as we are. Then, we feel the need to cheer them on as they fight to better themselves, whether they are trying to lose weight or put an end to their drug use. Of course, we also enjoying seeing those that we have rooted on through the course of a season succeed.

 

In the UK, health programmes, especially those focused on weight loss and addiction will not be disappearing from our TV screens anytime soon. In fact, there is a good chance we will continue to see more and more hit the air.