In the show, Patty (Debby Ryan) loses a considerable amount of weight after having her jaws wired shut during the summer holidays. She then decides to compete in pageants, coached by Bob (Dallas Roberts), who has been falsely accused by sexual assault by a rival pageant competitor.
Although Insatiable self-labels itself as a satire, there has been a lot of accusations that this show does not handle sensitive topics such as fat shaming and eating disorders well. In a review, BuzzFeed’s Jenna Guillaume argued that “the people Insatiable is claiming to represent are the very people it will hurt the most.” There have also been concerns of the poor handling of LGBT issues in storylines as well the ill-timed jokes on sexual assault.
The showrunner for Insataible, Lauren Guiss, has defended the show. In an interview with BuzzFeed News, she claimed that the satire in the show allows them to examine “a lot of really sensitive issues … in a way that isn’t necessarily the way that you ‘should’ talk about them.”