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Freaky Eaters and a preview of fall’s healthy-living TV shows

Sarah Kelsey is a lifestyle writer, editor and spokesperson based in Toronto. She was the editor of AOL/The Huffington Post Canada’s StyleList, Style and Living sites. Today, she's a freelancer writing for some of North America’s top pub...

What’s eating you on TV this fall?

Fall 2010 is finally here, which means it’s also time for a whole new slate of must-watch TV shows. From following freaky eaters to watching people lose weight, we’ve got a rundown of some of the hottest healthy-living TV shows this season. Check them out!

Freaky eaters

Freaky Eaters

Catch it on: TLC, Sundays at 10 p.m.

Co-hosted by Dr Mike Dow, a psychotherapist, author and addiction recovery expert, this show analyzes the freaky eating habits of people across North America. It focuses on the addictive behavior problems that can go along with a bizarre compulsion toward a particular food. From cheeseburgers to an obsession with sugar, the show's eaters are forced to confront the truth behind their obsession. Dr Dow shares hosting duties with J.J. Virgin, a nutrition specialist.

Healthy Gourmet

Catch it on: VIVA, Saturdays at 3:30 p.m.

Catch nutritionist Julie Daniluk and chef Ezra Title as they visit different groups of people and attempt to change their eating habits. The goal is to balance flavor and healthy ingredients to create a dish the show's participants can prepare on their own.

What's Eating You?

Catch it on: E!, Wednesdays at 10 p.m. (premieres Oct. 13)

Tackling the serious topic of eating disorders, this riveting six-part series examines the extreme challenges women and men face as a result of their battle with a distorted body image and self-created, life-threatening food rituals. Produced by 3 Ball Productions, the show follows 12 participants who discuss their compulsion openly and honestly.

X-Weighted: Families

Catch it on: Slice, Sundays at 6 p.m., Thursdays at 8 p.m.

X-Weighted: Families introduces viewers to baffled, misguided and often overwhelmed parents and their overweight, unhealthy and usually unhappy offspring. The show delves inside the hearts and homes of families where obesity threatens the very foundations of their family life. For some it has become a matter of life and death -- for all, there is a very real desperation to change their lives before it's too late. Fitness expert Paul Plakas puts families through an obstacle course to assess their fitness levels, separates the good from the bad in their cupboards and fridges, and identifies the issues that are keeping them from getting fit.

Freaky Eaters: Cheeseburger addiction

Each episode in this six-part series tells the story of one freaky eater as he or she is forced to confront the painful truth behind the food obsession and come face to face with the destructive side effects.

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