People argue that watching television leads to obesity and generally laziness. While watching television can indeed sometimes lull a person into a comatose state of consciousness, it can also serve as motivation for someone to change in order to improve his or her quality of life. This paradoxical relationship stems from the content of what is being shown on television. The media has always focused on the young, thing, and beautiful people of our society, with actors and models very rarely actually reflecting what the average population looks like. The introduction of reality TV also introduced the presence of real people being broadcast into the homes of their peers, allowing people to finally see someone they could more easily relate to coming right in through their satellite television. Beyond simply having real people on TV, there has been the development of self-improvement programs as well. While general society has pressured people to want to strive for unreasonable goals of personal appearance, programs featuring real people trying to make achievable goals for the better serve as much greater inspiration to the overall public.
Reality television puts people with real flaws right in front of the rest of us, allowing their imperfections to stand clearly in HD awaiting our judgment. Television shows such as “The Biggest Loser”, which features a less than charming play on words in the title, feature severely overweight people trying to make a healthy change. While it remains a competition as the title suggests, the core idea of the program is rather inspiring, as individuals break long standing debilitating habits in favor of a healthier routine. The impact of shows of this nature is more profound because you watch actual people change before your eyes over a period of time, not just a commercial for some product where someone “magically” loses weight by taking a special pill. The audience watches as these people take the advice that is being given to them and are pushed to apply it to their lives. The process is not usually glamorous or easy but that adds to the reality of the experience and the audience’s ability to relate and imagine themselves in the competitors’ place. Watching people get up, be active and make a change can serve as motivation for those at home to stop counting their daily football game watching schedule from NFL Sunday Ticket as their sports for the day and actually get out and move.
Along with the programs that demonstrate self-improvement, the marketing surrounding these shows can also be helpful to viewers. While commercials for quick fixes and other scams might find their way into the rotation, other exercise and proper eating programs may also be found in the commercials. The more information people receive, the greater the probability that they will find a personally suitable approach to changing and improving their lives. A life spent sitting and admiring the high definition television in the living room is definitely not the way to a healthy lifestyle, but it also does not condemn a person to a life of obesity and hopelessness. The inspiration for change can come from anywhere, including what some believe to be the most unlikely of places.