Ruby: A Journey to Lose the First 100 Lbs.

2008 NR 2h 53m DVD

Ruby: A Journey to Lose the First 100 Lbs.

2008 NR 2h 53m DVD
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With the help of a trainer, a nutritionist, a therapist and a physician, Ruby Gettinger steps up her lifelong battle against her own weight problems, and this time the stakes couldn't be higher in this inspiring Style Network series. Weighing in at more than 400 pounds and recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the spiritual Southerner is told by her doctor that if she doesn't start losing some serious weight, she might die.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this reality series chronicles the weight-loss struggle of a morbidly obese woman who's trying to become physically and emotionally healthier. It highlights the need to eat nutritiously, exercise, and identify the emotional factors that lead to weight gain while also looking at the challenges that overweight people face in their daily lives. Some of the conversations about relationships and the emotional issues brought up during therapy sessions may be too much for younger tweens, and parents may want to remind weight-conscious kids that no weight-loss plan should be started without consulting a medical professional.

Sexual Content

Kissing and hugging are frequent, but they're rarely presented within the context of romance and relationships. Ruby briefly talks about her inability to feel sexy and her desire to have a healthy sexual relationship someday. Potential for discussion about sexual trauma.


Occasional mild arguing between Ruby and her friends.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

The show's focus is on losing weight for health reasons rather than appearance. It offers an honest look at the lifestyle changes necessary to lose weight, and shows how difficult it is to make those changes. It also examines the way that society in general treats overweight people. The cast is primarily Caucasian; Ruby's trainer is African American.


Logos promoting Hour Glass Health and Fitness, 24-Hour Fitness, and a few other commercial establishments are sometimes visible. Ruby's trainer is well-known fitness guru Reese Brown.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Alcohol is very occasionally visible at social gatherings.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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