This week’s “I Used To Be Fat” is about Dominick, 18. MTV shows him on the day of his high school graduation. His family is Italian. I feel myself reminded of the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” you know, where the Greek family is all about food and lots of it. And MTV portrays Dominick’s food-loving family as his major obstacle in his quest for weight loss. Clearly, pasta is the devil incarnate. Ah, well, since I recapped all other episodes, why stop with Dominick’s.
For Dominick, his weight gain started when the kids from his basketball team called him fat. He lost his confidence, stopped doing sports, and withdrew inwardly.
Now, at graduation, he wants to say goodbye to his old self. He worries about his mom, who is overweight. He’s sick of being the big guy. Dominick wants to lose weight, he’s 306 lb, and his Italian mother is the ‘bad guy’ here because she shows her love with food. It’s pasta four times a week, everyone, that can’t be good.
Saran arrives, his personal trainer, and they have a sit down at the table:
Saran: “Give me your summer then I’ll give you your life back.”
Where is Dominick’s life right now… Is he dead? Is there like a place where the ‘life’ of fat people hide until they’ve slimmed down? Just wondering…
So, he has 110 days to lose weight before he starts college. Which means a weight loss of 5 lb a week during the next 16 weeks. Is that healthy goal? I don’t know.
Saran, the trainer, checks out the fridge. And she throws away the packaged pasta. Why the heck do they throw away perfectly fine food? At least donate it to a food drive or something similar, this is seriously messed up.
Saran pulls out the guilt card—admonishing Dominick that he has never been in a gym and now has to suffer for it. Seriously, you can be active and healthy without ever setting food in a gym, just saying.
During the first workout, Dominick throws up into the trash bin. Saran blames the mother that Dominick isn’t in better shape, because, clearly, look at the overweight mom, she has let herself go—nice, Saran, go ahead and insult people because they are fat. Wouldn’t a good trainer be able to assist in a workout that doesn’t result in throwing up? Just wondering…
We see them on the tennis court. Playing tennis is something Dominick would love to do. But we actually don’t see them batting a ball over the net. Instead, he runs around with Saran piggyback style on his back. After he collapses on the ground, they have this conversation:
Saran: “Did you see what just happened today?”
Dominick: “I didn’t puke. I pulled through it.”
Saran: “Is this a new Dominick?”
Dominick: “Yes, it could be the new Dominick.”
Why are they talking about him in the third person? Is he still not alive yet? Is his ‘life’ still in this mysterious place? Will Saran give Dominick his life back soon? Questions, questions…
Saran has a chat with the mom, saying that Dominick doesn’t want to “lose her.” Basically implying that if the mom doesn’t start working out, she’ll die. Thus pressured, Dominick’s mother promises to work out. (Not a bad thing of course, I just dislike the delivery, also, God knows where the life of Dominick’s mom currently is…)
Three weeks later, Dominick weighs 281 lb. Did I mention he likes to wear a shirt with a muffin icon and the word ‘stud’ above it. I let you figure that one out.
Saran is back and makes a trip into the kitchen to check out the pantry…there’s whole wheat pasta now and even green beans, so she’s happy. Dominick is cooking—good for him—he seems to really enjoy it.
Dominick wants to go to culinary college and leave home. The mother cries for two days because she doesn’t want to let him go—empty nest syndrome and all that—I guess it’s understandable, but you can’t hold your teenager back.
Saran is on his side, encouraging him to stand up to his mom and follow his goal. Then she sits on his back while he’s doing his exercise. Well, at least someone is having fun here.
Finally, it’s his last day. Dominick’s hitting the gym again—reminiscing about his first day and how he threw up. So Saran suggest doing a ‘crazy interval’ just to see if he throws up again. He burns off a thousand calories and doesn’t throw up—it’s a success, I guess. It’s also more than a bit cruel, this challenge. Needless to say, the trainer is proud.
If you care for numbers: Dominick went from 306 lb to 219 lb in 110 days.
We see him on his first day in culinary school (it’s in Chicago) and Dominick feels confident, more than he ever felt during high school. (Is there anyone out there who ever felt truly confident during high school? Anyone?) He lives with a couple of roommates and cooks for them, which I found awesome.
A month later, he visits his mom and his family and he shows off his skinny jeans. He’s proud of finishing something most of all. (And his mom has lost 64 lb.) MTV already has an update on Dominick, you can check out his video here.
I think Dominick did great on “I Used to be Fat.” Good for him for pursuing his career goals. Before the weight loss, Dominick seemed like a really nice guy with a love for funny, graphic t-shirts. He seemed the same after the weight loss. Whatcha think?