Anyone who has read my columns on here (even though most of them are music-related) has probably heard me talk about how obsessed I am with weight loss shows. What you may not know is that I have always been self-conscious about my weight and throughout life chose to mask my sadness with humor. Even my college entrance essay was a story about one of the times (yes, one of the times) I went to fat camp as a teen.
When I found out the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) was in the process of creating its own weight loss reality show, I was really excited. There are a few weight loss shows out there right now that I feel are worth watching but when you’ve got a name like Oprah attached to a show, there’s a sense that it will be done with dignity.
We had the opportunity to speak with DeJuaii Pace, one of the featured members from Addicted to Food. Not only did she take the brave step to share her weight problems on camera, but in order to deal with those problems she also had to come to terms with her sexuality and how that has impacted her weight gain and the rest of her life.
AfterEllen.com: I want to say first that I just got out of my Weight Watchers meeting and gained two pounds this week – so you’re in good hands.
AE: Well I went out last night so I’m pretty sure it was the pita and martinis I had. But it’s OK, every day is a new day, right?
AE: When do you think your weight struggles began? Were you a heavy child or did your weight gain start later?
AE: I’m looking at your website with your sisters right now. Are there eight girls in your family?
AE: Oh wow! That is a gigantic family.
AE: So I assume that could either make it really fun or you’d have to fight for attention.
AE: How did you find out about the show and what made you say, “You know, I think I’ll go on reality TV?” albeit, a classier version of reality TV?
Two days later I got a call from the producers telling me they were part of a show and they said they were really interested in having me on it. I was like, “Are you kidding me?” So they asked me to be part of it and I was like “Yes! Anything to get out of Atlanta!” and it just started from there.