REBEKAH DEVLIN OUT OF THE BOX
PEOPLE are pretty messed up. We all have something about us that’s a bit kooky, a bit weird . . . I’m scared of birds, chickens in particular.
I know, it’s strange, but hey, that’s the thing about phobias, they’re completely illogical. So, why do people over eat? Dr Tim says it’s because they’re unhappy.
Actually it’s Dr Sharp, who works in the field of positive psychology. In simple terms, he thinks that by concentrating on getting people happy rather than focusing on controlling what they eat, they’ll choose to be healthier.
And the good new is, anyone can learn to be happy.
The intriguing part of this doco is that it centres on five people with varying food issues. They are put into a share house each weekend, and everything they eat is up to them.
Stay-at-home mum Catherine, is 154kg.
‘‘ I’m my husband and my daughter and an animal,’’ she says of her weight with a sad laugh.
Mandy weighs just 42kg, her body mass index is in the starvation range.
‘‘ If I don’t start getting food into me . . . I’m going to be thrown in hospital,’’ she says.
Weighty issues: Dr Tim Sharp.
Chris is a binge eater tucking into treats while in her car.
‘‘ I’ve let the internal critic bash me up,’’ she says.
Judith is a former chef whose knees are so bad because of her obesity, she’s been warned to call the ambos rather than try to get up on her own if she falls over.
And then there’s Damien, who has had the same meal every night for 20 years — chicken curry and rice. Dr Tim calls it defensive pessimism. This is genuinely moving television and it’s important that it features people with different food battles.
‘‘ There’s no miracles, there’s no magic, there’s no secrets. It’s just plain hard work,’’ Dr Tim says. HOUSE OF FOOD OBSESSIVES SBS, 8.30pm,