Reality TV Actually Applies to Reality

As a weekly watcher of "Man vs. Wild", a show that places its host Grylls, in extreme survival situations, Grayson recognized the position he was in.

Grayson ripped apart his bright yellow rain jacket so he could leave pieces of it along his path for rescuers to spot. "I just used my hands," he told The Associated Press. "I don't know how many times I tore the thing but quite a lot."

Grayson put more of Grylls' advice to use during his 18-hour survival experience, creating a shelter out of a fallen tree, and following a creek in hopes of reaching civilization. Unlike his television idol, Grayson actually stayed in his make-shift shelter.

Channel 4, the British station that runs Grylls' program under the name "Born Survivor: Bear Grylls," admitted to ABC News in July 2007 that the survivalist host had sought shelter indoors while viewers were led to believe he was staying the night in the wild. Fraud or not, Grylls' advice may have saved Grayson Wynne's life.

Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica

Justine Johnston, 21, dated her husband, Spike, 22, for four years before getting married in August 2008. They had never cohabited before getting married, just like ex-couple Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, who documented their first years of wedded bliss on an MTV reality show.

The Johnstons, from Morgantown, W.Va., had to make many similar readjustments when they first started living together. And although Justine says her relationship is different from Nick and Jessica's, she still learned a few pointers from watching the pop stars' mistakes.

"You always have to talk things out and compromise," Justine said. "It's important to pick and choose your battles."

In the infamous incident where Jessica says she's eating tuna one minute, and then turns to her befuddled husband and asks if it is actually chicken, Justine said it is the spontaneity of marriage that helps keep it going.

"You have to function as a couple in everything you do," she said. "The most important thing is still to keep relationships private and just for the two of you."

The Biggest Loser

Imagine being a father who is unable to chase his 3-year-old son around. Mike Larson, 43, knows this scenario all too well.

In 2007, the San Diego native tipped the scales at 420 pounds and wanted a permanent solution to his lifelong struggles with weight. His choice was gastric bypass surgery, a procedure that makes the stomach smaller and allows food to bypass part of the small intestine.

Around the same time, weight loss shows such as "The Biggest Loser" and "Celebrity Fit Club" struck a chord with overweight men and women all over the country and the popularity of dieting programs and gastric bypass surgery soared.

Larson did not choose gastric bypass before seeing it done on TV, but said the shows helped shed light on how overweight people are "treated like handicaps."

"People who treat people by the way they look is very sad," he said.

Larson said he is treated better now, but the process is definitely not easy. He eats healthy and exercises intensively six days a week, a similar regimen to those seen on weight loss reality shows.

"I'm the same person I was, just smaller," he said.

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