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ABC has announced a new series – EXTREME MAKEOVER: WEIGHT LOSS EDITION – which is set to debut on Monday, May 30, following The Bachelorette.

The series is described as a unique, non-competitive show about weight loss – unlike anything seen on television, and I gotta say it’s the “non-competitive” part that appeals to me the most. I’m all for people having weight loss competitions but sometimes it feels like on those shows it’s more about the competition and less about the people and frankly, I care more about the people.

In the press release, ABC says that Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition will document the amazing makeover of eight courageous, “super obese” people who, in an unprecedented 365 days, set out to safely (another word I like) lose half of their body weight, ultimately revealing an amazing metamorphosis. In each of the eight one- hour episodes, the participants undergo a transformation not only of their bodies, but of who they are as individuals.

They also quickly clarify that the term “super obese” is used to define those who exceed their estimated ideal weight by approximately 225 percent and who are roughly 200 pounds or more overweight. The show will present each participant’s journey in a stand-alone episode. Trainer and transformation specialist Chris Powell (“The 650- Pound Virgin”) will guide each of the eight participants through their transformation process by moving into their homes with their families or loved ones. By assuring that they have the proper nourishment and exercise movement, Chris will provide a fresh perspective to individuals whose lives have become unmanageable because of their weight.

From the producers of The Biggest Loser and MasterChef>, Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition is executive-produced by JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson and Matt Assmus. The series is produced by 3 Ball Productions/Eyeworks USA.

All in all, it sounds good to me and I’m definitely going to give this show a shot this summer.

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