I’m afraid this series in BBC’s Adult Season is wearing a tad thin, simply because in all the episodes so far, the moral of the tale has been just that – moralistic preachyness delivered via terrifying the girls involved in the Big Decisions. And if it was that easy, all parents would bend their wilful teenager to their way of thinking, and it’s not that easy. Not at all.
In the pregnancy episode, as with the boob job episode and now the nip and tuck episode, the previously determined teenagers changed their hitherto made up minds about doing something radical in their lives. And why? Because they were shown and heard about horror stories from those who’d been there and done that. Or at least, that’s what we’re led to believe.
And yes, of course it’s better that young girls don’t get preggers, don’t fill their chests full of footballs and don’t have surgery to rid themselves of fat, but ultimately, I have to wonder about the veracity of the parade of girls who’ve seen the light, decision-wise. Are they really and truly swayed by what they’ve seen or are they just saying what everyone else wants to hear?
If they’ve truly changed their minds, then all the teenagers in this series are exceptional in terms of their peers, because they’re prepared to listen to reason, and I find that a bit suspect…
As a mother of three and step-mum of another two, I can absolutely honestly testify that teenagers believe they know everything and the opinions of other people – especially older people – are about as much use to them as a chocolate fireguard. They’ll listen and they’ll nod along. They might even agree, but it’s only to shut you up. They’ve no real intention of doing anything they don’t want to do, and conversely, they’ve no intention of not doing something you advise them would be unwise.
However, last night’s show featured 18 year olds, Samm and Natasha, both of whom wanted liposuction badly, and as with the other shows in the series, both had a fervent conviction that it was the answer to their problems. And, like typical teenagers, they primarily believed this was the way forward because it involved no effort.
Although both girls had tried all sorts of diets – mostly of the fad variety, the quick fix ones – neither had tried sticking it out in a gym or any real amount of physical exercise.
But try telling them that…
Well, people did, and it appears they listened, hence my suspicion, because teenagers don’t listen, ever.
Samm had self-esteem issues and running battles with food, which, in an age where the word ‘moderation’ is a dinosaur, isn’t that surprising or uncommon. Natasha wanted to be a glamour model – well done ‘role models’ such as Jordan – and had evidently convinced herself that it’s ok to have as your ambition a career which requires you to be pencil thin, have large knockers and Brazilian waxing regularly.
So the two girls, along with sundry mums and friends, climbed aboard the VW camper vans – I can only imagine Aunty Beeb had two of them lying about – which were to take them on journeys of discovery. Said discoveries involved a psychiatrist, a personal trainer to the stars, watching liposuction surgery and words of warning from people in the know, and it all turned out well in the end.
Natasha’s mum, Teresa, didn’t initially have a problem with her daughter wanting to be a glamour model, but it became evident that her concept of the words glamour and modelling didn’t equate to the reality of it. She clearly thought “glamour” meant sparkly dresses, not the notable lack of one. As the truth dawned, she was of course very relieved when her daughter announced that she would pursue a “more elegant” career.
Samm’s mum was likewise a happy chicken when Samm revealed that, “I’m going to lose weight the natural way.”
Another “ahhhhhh” ending then… mmmm, yet again, I have to say it, I don’t buy it. Not a bit of it. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to learn that the fee earned from being on the show – if there was one that is – was spent in the nearest cosmetic surgery clinic.