Discovery channel planned to launch a show that focused on monitoring a family and their habits, to bring about a change in their lifestyle. The format of the show is as follows- A family, who is fed up from it’s daily routine and needs to bring a change to promote a healthier lifestyle will approach the show, then a team of nutritionists, pediatricians and dietitians will monitor a normal day in the lives of the family. After the monitoring stage, the team will analyse what was actually wrong and then the team will set certain rules for the family. Further, the channel will document the process of the changes and the impact of the rules for two weeks. Later, the channel will approach the same family after six months to check the progress of the family and if, the rules are still in order or not.
So, after the announcement of this show, a family from Chicago- The Millers approached the channel. The family consisted of four members- the father, Mr Hugh Miller, the mother, Mrs Emily Miller and their two kids- Lizzie Miller and Matt Miller. The channel was contacted by their parents as they realized that everyone in the family have become overweight, they are nothing but couch potatoes. The mother is thirty four years old and she felt breathless after walking for half a mile, that was her wake up call. She then decided that it was time to flip things over, she talked to her husband and contacted the show makers.
The show makers visited their house and firstly checked their weights, all of them were overweight according to their heights and ages. Secondly, their fridge was raided, all the crew members could find was soda, two days old pizza, a burger, bacon, etc. Not a single vegetable or fruit was found in the refrigerator. This was a cause of concern. The next day their routine was monitored, the Millers woke up on time for their jobs and school and before heading for school every one had sugary cereals, then headed the children headed to work and parents to their work. When all of them came back, they opened the fridge and took out the left over pizza, burger and sandwich. They drank sodas and ate chips from extra large packets. Later for dinner, they ordered in KFC chicken wings and ate in front of the television, in the process they fell asleep in front of the television. It was a no shocker that this family was overweight, their routine was extremely unhealthy.
The next day the family was told that they needed to change of lot of things, for starters, to get rid of the junk food, which they did(threw all of it in the trash), then they had to visit the best health food stores in Chicago to buy some healthy food supplies, which the whole family did(although Matt threw some tantrums as he couldn’t buy his favorite snack), then they had to change the habit of eating sugar filled cereals, they had to switch to high on fibre cereals, then they had to change the habit of eating in front of the television because being involved in television made them eat more than they are hungry for, also falling asleep in front of the television is a strict no. After several temper tantrums from the kids as well as the dad, the family got accustomed the rules in a week’s time.
By the end of the second week, the family felt a lot better, a lot more connected and a lot less lazy. The work of the team here was done as the family seemed to be in a better position and after following up six months later, the family was still following he rules laid by the team. They said that they felt better, lighter and happier. They also included exercise in their daily routine. This experiment conducted by the channel was an absolute success, they were later approached by many families.