The small town of Taylor B.C. has been embarking on a huge challenge that is now being broadcast across the country.
CBC has begun broadcasting a 10-part miniseries called "Village on a Diet" that is documenting residents’ attempts to literally drop a ton of weight in just 10 weeks.
Two physical trainers – using motivating methods resembling those of a drill sergeant, a physician and a dietary specialist are all involved in the show.
All of the specialists were hired to help change the lifestyle of Taylor residents.
The series premiere aired Monday night and showcased the town’s poor lifestyle habits and lack of physical activity, part of which were attributed to insufficient access to healthy, fresh foods.
The premiere was a basic introductory episode, introducing the town, the challenge at hand, the supporting cast of specialists and most importantly, the citizens of Taylor. Along with the many Taylorites taking part in the challenge, the show also focuses on a select group of families, bringing some personal motivation and story lines to the forefront.
According to Taylor’s Mayor, Fred Jarvis, the first episode was shown at the town community centre so that residents could watch together. Mayor Jarvis admitted that the town showed some nervousness prior to the airing, as to how the CBC would portray the town to the nation. Thankfully, the Mayor says Taylor residents were pleased with the portrayal of the town and its people during the first episode.
Although Jarvis claims he is still unsure of resident’s reactions in future episodes, as weight problems are a very touchy subject. He says the subject of weight problems has the potential to become very personal to the participants who are being followed and documented throughout the duration of this extremely difficult challenge.
The exciting four month phase of shooting is over. Not even those who were filmed know exactly how the show will depict them, but what they do know, is that the country now sits and watches to see whether they succeed or fail.