In fact, these hefty shows typically feature women who tip the scales at 200 pounds or more. Some people say it's taking poundage to an extreme, says Early Show co-anchor Julie Chen.
The shows are coming at a time when the country is facing an obesity epidemic. Studies show that up to 50 percent of American women are size 14 or bigger, and it costs the country close to $150 billion annually for healthcare.
Critics chimed in on the heavy topic that has many Americans taking a closer look at weight acceptance as opposed to a further normalization of obesity.
Plus-size super model and host of "More to Love," Emme, a true hero to many plus-sized women, shared her positive spin on the matter with
Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith: