Dinner Served With a Heaping Scoop of Guilt

Will Intervention Ware's tough-love plates really help you lose weight?

"For the love of God stop eating!"
"It's hard to be around you when you eat like this."
"Big mistake."

Would knowing that any of those sayings lurked at the bottom of your plate stop you from finishing your meal? Intervention Ware is a new line of plates and bowls with these "motivational" sayings scribbled all over them. Their goal: to be there to chide you even if no one is around to witness the Ben & Jerry's at midnight. But are these dishes really motivating or just channeling your mother?

Tough love has been used throughout history for all kinds of situations. But it wasn't until Jillian Michaels and Skinny Bitch that it became a vogue dieting tactic. Recent research shows people are only temporarily motivated by negative consequences. Psychologists note that while punishment and shaming -- staples of tough love -- can bring about quick change, it isn’t often lasting change. And in the world of health, lasting change is the only thing that matters. In fact, riding the weight roller coaster can be worse for you than just staying heavy!

On the other hand, we do hear stories about life changes that were spawned by a nasty comment or unflattering picture. Perhaps tough love served up in a dish you eat from, day after day, will achieve lasting effects? Seems like the real deal would have to come from something (or someone) that you couldn’t so easily smash against the wall. But, what do we know.

The tagline for the tell-it-like-it-is dinnerware is "Serve up a heaping scoop of guilt!" We’re not really sure who decided that this Mean Girls attitude was the way to go but perhaps Intervention Ware can branch out with a television remote that says,"Sitting will make you die younger!” or a bottle of wine with a reminder that, "You will find him less handsome in the morning?" Or, maybe they can just mind their own business.

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