Ruby Gettinger of “Ruby" (Style Network)

Does she sabotage her diet in order to prolong the attention she gets from the show? Does she avoid the abuse issues because of the reliable hugs from her support group? … With as many as a half-million viewers per episode; many post emotionally supportive notes to Ruby on the show’s Web site. Ruby now luxuriates in a marshmallowy cocoon of affirmation.

Barnes at The Park nightclub. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

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