As it was, there was very little in this episode I could disagree with. And yet given the tone of Penn's comments in this, and in the small part of the Exercise vs Genetics episode that I disagreed with, I can tell they are antagonistic to the fact that you can control your health and weight. They obviously have nothing to back their viewpoint up though.
What did we get instead?
Most of the episode was spent trying to show that being slim doesn't necessarily mean fit and healthy and being overweight doesn't necessarily mean unfit and unhealthy. This should be fairly obvious to all, but the BS team thought it necessary to devote most of the episode to it. What did they use to "proove" it however? One lame looking "normal guy" and a field of "fatties" which include two athletic looking types who just happened to have a bit of extra padding. There wasn't a single viewer who couldn't tell that the "normal" guy had no chance of finishing better than third. Not that it really mattered that it was fixed, because the point that they tried to proove is, as I said, an obvious truth.
They disprooved BMI as a reliable indicator of fat percentage. That took all of 10 seconds.
That large woman that they interviewed at the camp commented that some people are born to be fat and that they can't change it. A convenient statement that many people make who havent got the willpower to eat less (and of higher quality foods) and move more. Which is fine for them. I'm not complaining if people are more attracted to the lifestyyle that promotes fat gain more than the lifestyyle that promotes fat loss or management. It's still their choice though, pure and simple, and to say otherwise is deluding yourself.
It's funny though that Penn Jillette obviously agrees with that woman's line of thinking but doesn't spend any real time on it to argue or proove a point. And I really am struggling to find a point the episode at all, besides stating the obvious (as per the olympics and BMI) and perhaps sucking up to the overweight viewers who want to be told (all-be-it unconvincingly) that they are powerless to control their weight, so that they can feel better about it
If anyone can find the point let me know.
p.s. I usually enjoy P&T episodes and agree with their stances. But this was poor, especially for the season opener.
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