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Ruby: The Story of a 500-Pound Woman

Ruby weighs 487 pounds. She doesn't know how she got that big, but she knows it is time to do something about all that weight before it kills her. A new reality TV series, bearing the eponymous title Ruby, is about the life or death story of this woman's struggle to survive. The show premieres this Sunday, Nov. 9, at 8/7c on the Style Network. To see a sneak peek, check out the video below.

I'm wondering how you feel about the concept behind this show and following an obese woman's weight-loss journey. Do you see it as an inspiration to live healthy, or is it degrading and insensitive to people with weight issues? It could be the Biggest Loser without all the game play. Are you going to tune in?

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zoinks zoinks 8 years
I am a fatty so I think it is inspiring to see another fatty trying to get her like together. I have recently decided to eat better and workout, I would like to drop 2 sizes by the end of the year, and drop it all over the next 18 months. It is hard. I am not as big as her but I could lose 100 lbs. If doing it this way helps to motivate her I am all for it. We are all different and it takes different things to get us through.
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I don't think it's degrading. She decided to let her struggle be filmed and aired on TV. I hope it will help people.
elle86 elle86 8 years
I find it neither insulting nor inspiring. With the former, it's not insulting that an overweight person wants to become healthy, and show the world. If anything, she's trying to tell a story about how once you fall down a dark path, you can pick yourself back up and turn around. With the latter, it's not very inspiring to me because although I can relate to wanting/needing to lose weight, I have never let myself get to that point and honestly won't ever. It's really a mind over matter issue, and when I start to gain weight I try to alter my negative habits. When people say they don't know how they gain weight, I can understand ten or twenty pounds... but anything more and I don't see how you can't understand it. Even with ten or twenty, you have to be aware of your habits. Even I don't walk around saying I don't know why I'm overweight - I've been drinking soda, eating poorly and skipped out on workouts. So there ya go. But I am going to watch this show, because from the commercials she seems to a good person who wants to turn her life around, and I enjoy those types of stories.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
I agree Callie. People don't make the decision to become obsese. It's like deciding to get into a car accident. :confused: Some people will just never understand. Hopefully this show will help not only other obese people but thin people understand obesity. Not every fat person sits down and eats a whole pizza, a bag of french fries and a dozen of doughnuts! And yes, I plan on watching it!
Callie325 Callie325 8 years
I think it is flat wrong to say Ruby made a decision to become obese. This is not a choice anyone would ever consciously make. Obesity is very complicated, it's not all about snarfing the twinkies and big gulps.
dino-dino dino-dino 8 years
well duh, but i mean not while she´s young. it seemed like he was getting so much better and was gonna live a longer life and a lot of his health problems went away
ditorres ditorres 8 years
no ... i don't think i could watch this show. i wouldn't want to pin my hopes on her losing weight. i think that it is incredibly hard to lose that much weight and the problem is only compounded by her enablers. it would be very frustrating to watch.
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
Everyone, in the final analysis, is in business for himself.-- Anonymous
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i've seen the commercials for this and i have to say that i'm intrigued. i'm all for watching someone realize that they need to change their life and then go through the struggles to make those changes. it's the same reason that i watch celeb rehab on VH1. i hope that ruby really does make a change for the better - and i'll probably be here to review it on monday.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Well dino dino, statistics say that 98% of the people living today will die at some point.;-)
dino-dino dino-dino 8 years
i really hope this doesnt end up like that thing on that other show where the guy was losing weight and could walk and verything was getting so much better and then he died.....
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
I saw Ruby on another show and I think that it was her idea to document her struggle. I think its good for both fat and slim people to watch something like this. Quite possibly her battle will show the self-abuse, disappointment and despair that comes with fighting to lose an excessive amount of weight and gain control of your life. Hopefully it shows how other people who think they are helping you can without even trying wound you deeply. And how strangers feel its their right to verbally and emotionally attack you as if you don't know you're fat, stupid,lazy and have never tried to rectify the situation. Maybe it will increase empathy toward the morbidly obese.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't think it's degrading at all. She made the decision to get heavier and lots of people blog about their own weight loss, so this is just a little more public than that. I think it'll help average people see just how difficult it is to be clinically obese and what sorts of challenges they face. Maybe it'll help people become more sensitive to superobese people.
superfoxml superfoxml 8 years
I think it's still up in the air how Style network portrays her..they could do it in a respectful and educational way, or they can just pander. I think it has potential to be inspiring. I will tune in for the first episode to see how they handled it and from there decide whether or not to watch.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
No, I'm not going to tune in. I already have clinically obese family members, so I've seen up close how their lifestyles are. I've already made the decision to live more healthy. I'm fit, lean, and athletic.
HLHArts HLHArts 8 years
I'm hoping it will be a great way to show people that you don't necessarily get fat just because you're lazy or stupid. It can happen to a lot of people, and it takes a ridiculous amount of work to change it.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I don't see how it's degrading or insensitive. It sounds like it would really benefit her and give her a healthier life.
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