As a Canadian, I have to admit, I don’t watch a lot of Canadian television. In my opinion, outside of the evening news, there isn’t much Canadian content that interests me. I’m not a big TV watcher to begin with but when I do watch, it’s not home bred. One night, likely while dear husband was watching hockey, I caught an ad for a show about a small town in British Columbia, Canada that is undergoing an experiment in healthy living. Yes…my ears literally did perk up.
In Village on a Diet, the town of Taylor (population 1400), located in Northern BC, has a staggering statistic attached to it: over 60% of it’s population is either overweight or obese. Living on a diet that is shown to consist mostly of meat, potatoes and pizza (a local restaurant owner is shown delivering pizza’s to the towns only elementary school. A task she does twice per week), with little to no vegetables and no local grocery store.
The town wants to change that statistic and 150 of its inhabitants are undergoing a public battle to lose 2000 lbs over 3 months.
What I think it going to make this documentary interesting to watch (at least in my opinion) is how Un-Biggest Loser-like it is. There is no campaigning, no temptation challenges, no dramatic music and no cash prize. Just a town of people committed to making a change. I would hope that through it all, lessons are taught to those of us watching about the importance of healthy living and the numerous effects that being overweight can have on the body.
It will be interesting to see how their story unfolds.
Village on a Diet is on Monday nights at 9:00EST on CBC.