Honey, We're Killing the Kids (2006– )

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Social documentary where a family is shown through images, predictions of what their children will look like in the future. Over 4 weeks they are forced to change their lifestyle and eating habits to make a brighter future.

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Social documentary where a family is shown through images, predictions of what their children will look like in the future. Over 4 weeks they are forced to change their lifestyle and eating habits to make a brighter future.

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it'll probably irritate you
25 April 2006 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

This is the sort of show that most people will just ignore, and that's actually fine. Even though it espouses some (and I mean SOME) good eating habits and lifestyle changes, it's by and large just drama and half-truths.

Each show begins exactly the same, so you may as well tune in about 6 minutes in. Quite honestly, the entire show could be done in about 18 minutes if it was done without commercials or needless and constant repetitive footage, but I'm getting used to that in today's television shows. If you have TiVo and want to see this show, have it recorded and watch it later, that's what I do and it saves me about 40 minutes a viewing. It's seriously that padded.

Padding issues aside, the show espouses a nutritional attitude very reminiscent to the vegetarian Nazis we all met in college (or will someday, age depending). You know the sort of party line - meat is evil, everything you could possibly ever need is obtainable from vegetables and fruits, and everyone obviously has the free time to go to the grocery store every other day to reacquire the "fresh healthy foods" that go bad in a day. Oh, and everyone also has the free time to spend upwards of an hour (often up to TWO hours) preparing an evening meal.

Whether you agree with this agenda is one thing, but it's hard not to do a double-take at the utterly confrontational and unrealistic way the nutritionist approaches the concept of teaching someone to eat "healthily." The families involved are undeniably out of shape and in need of a kick in the pants, but they're forced to drop every food they've ever liked and go straight into a vegetarian (or near-vegetarian, they seem to be relenting a bit the last few episodes) diet. For example, tofu stir fry. If you don't see a dinner-table mutiny coming when that's on the menu for kids who've lived on pizza for 10 years...

Oh, and if you haven't already laughed at the highly-touted "aging technology" they use to show the kids at a hypothetical 40-years-old, well, you'll get your chance to do so. If you've ever seen a 2am weight-loss drug commercial, you've seen these trick before/after style images. It's shameless, but perhaps it serves a good purpose if these patent lies (bad eating habits keep you from shaving regularly and make you wear 70's style glasses and mullet hairstyles?) get the parents to take notice of the way their kids are living their lives.

The long and short of it is, this show has some good thought behind it. People need to be made to realize that how they live their life will have an impact on their future health, their children's health, etc, but the show goes about it in a manner sufficient to irritate a saint to violence.


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