Season 7 of My 600-lb Life showed stars struggling with depression and public humiliation.
Now, TLC has released the trailer for Season 8, where emotions are running high and self esteem is running low.
Season 8 of My 600-lb Life looks like it gets off to a miserable, depressing start. Even the trailer starts off with a dismal feeling.
"In the morning, I wake up and I’m disappointed that I’m alive," an unidentified castmember voice over reveals.
Plenty of adults have a very reasonable fear of suddenly dying in their sleep. This unfortunate person sounds almost suicidal.
Meanwhile, TLC flashes a card, teasing: "All new journeys you've never seen before."
We then see a woman who admits that she never expected to be her current size.
"Never in a million years did I ever think I would be the largest person most people will have ever met," she confesses.
Fans also view a montage of the stars eating food (honestly it looks genuinely delicious), presumably for shock value.
In reality, we know that the increase in portion sizes in people's lives is usually incremental, which is why it happens so easily.
Dr. Now, whose actual name is Dr. Nowzaradan, is of course also featured.
He is a world-recognized expert on weight loss surgeries, and has tackled some of the most challenging surgeries.
At one point, we see a scale read that a person weighs 892 pounds.
Dr. Now expresses astonishment at an apparent discrepency, as his records indicated that the patient had weighed 700 pounds.
It looks like the season will have a lot of focus on people's loved ones -- partners as well as family -- and their concerns.
"It’s hard to think about having to bury the person I love and we haven’t really lived our life together yet," one person laments.
"I need you to do this," another star is told through tears.
The concerned loved one continues: "If not, then I don't know how long you're gonna be here."
Someone else's loved one, presumably a partner, angrily and aggressively shames them for their eating habits in another segment.
"You’re killing yourself with this bulls--t and I’m not f--king sticking around for it," the person threatens.
Perhaps this individual was venting or attempting "tough love," but that's a toxic way to speak to anyone.
We would love to see this person's journey also include breaking up with anyone who would speak to another human being that way.
Shaming and emotional cruelty is much more likely to make someone overindulge in eating than it is to make them stick to a diet.
"What can I do to help her? Nothing," admits another voiceover.
This person realizes: "She has to help herself."
Gentle encouragement and emotional support are great, but only the indivdual can take that step to overcome an irresistible compulsion.
There is also a tremendous focus upon food.
"Losing weight is impossible," one person admits, "because food is like a drug to me."
That's more accurate than some viewers, who imagine that these people chose to be this way, can imagine.
The compulsive consumption of food that follows people for years or decades or a lifetime is absolutely a form of self-medication.
"My body is betraying me," laments one of the stars.
Another cries, saying: "It's my fault. I did this to myself."
We wouldn't call a combination of self-medicating and not winning the metabolic lottery anyone's "fault."
Framing massive weight gain as a conscious choice isn't merely counterproductive, but it's factually incorrect.
We wish the best for this new batch of stars, particularly because rapid weight loss puts a horrific strain upon the body.