Aggie Helps Individuals Shed Pounds on TV Show

Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: January 28, 2011

Britny Fowler '06 never imagined the role she'd play shaping other people's lives, much less on national television. The Texas A&M University graduate is helping adults lose weight and live healthier lives on the TV show "Heavy." Britny, who earned her degree in sport management in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, is a physical trainer participating in the A&E television show.

Show producers approached her after spotting her on the job at Lifetime Fitness in Austin. "The producers just saw me in the gym talking, being crazy, living life and having fun," Britny says. "Heavy" features people who face life-threatening obesity.

Each episode follows two people embarking on a six-month treatment program to lose weight and become more active. Unlike most weight loss shows, "Heavy" does not offer money or prizes as an incentive.

The participants have to continue practicing healthy living habits when they return home. No one will force them to hit the gym or cook portioned meals. "In the real world, a lot of people don't have the opportunity to take six months off to turn their life around," Britny says. "This is the true challenge people find."

Clients have to be personally motivated to make healthy life changes. They weigh in periodically to track their progress, and viewers can see the physical and emotional trials of losing weight.

"'Heavy' documents how hard it really is in daily life to move your body or eat something healthy," Britny says. "Our objective is to support them in a more natural environment that people can relate to."

Britny says that her time at Texas A&M prepared her for this role, teaching her everything from science to social skills. "Texas A&M is a tight-knit community: the traditions, openness and the classes," Britny says. I had some of the best professors and was surrounded by people that I want to be more like."

"Aggieland inspired me to be a better person and prepared me to apply my knowledge in the classroom to help work with people," she adds.

"I hope the show will motivate someone out there to move their body or seek professional help to get back on track with their emotional and physical challenges. It's always a goal to inspire and change a life."

"Heavy" is Mondays at 10/9C on A&E.