- Ada, Oklahoma

Local News

May 16, 2008

Woman reacts to aired show

Ada — While the episode wasn’t as bad as she’d feared, Michelle Childress said the recent episode of “The Dr. Phil Show” in which she’d been featured was a total farce and her phobia was taken out of context.

“There were a lot of questions that Dr. Phil asked me that weren’t aired, but they would air my reactions to them to make me look worse,” said Childress. “They nipped and tucked a lot of the showing so I would look worse than what I was. It was totally a farce and totally out of context to what I was supposed to be on there for. They just used me as a tool for ratings.”

Whenever Childress sees an obese person eating gluttonously, the sight causes her to become violently ill.

She said that it’s not an indication of any dislike towards overweight people, it’s just a triggered response, something her mother suffered from as well.

Childress claimed the staff from Phil McGraw's hit talk show misled her by inviting her to take part in a show that would help to deal with unique phobias. Instead, the Ada resident and mother of five found herself on a show entitled “I’m Hot, You’re Not!” Childress was portrayed as a former beauty queen that hated being around fat people.

McGraw’s camera crew filmed Childress at home and at the Golden Corral. While in the restaurant, the camera crew hoped to capture footage of Childress becoming physically ill from watching overweight people eat ravenously. When none could be found, they goaded Childress into pretending to become ill and filmed that instead.

After the episode was taped in February of this year, Childress attempted to contact the show’s producers to voice her complaints about being misled and taken advantage of.

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