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Mooooom! New reality show lets teens intervene in parents' obsessions

March 29, 2012 at 10:15 AM ET

Old teenage stress: Getting caught by your mom stealing her credit card to go out and buy stuff. New teenage stress: Trying to convince your mother that she'd better stop buying stuff and getting so much plastic surgery.

Those are two of the stories being told on the reality series "My Mom is Obsessed," in which the children of mothers who just can't help themselves try to get some assistance. Two mother-daughter pairs who appeared on the series joined TODAY's Savannah Guthrie Thursday, but as one pair proved, you can't help someone who doesn't realize she has a problem.

That would be mom Susan Pike, who insists that despite having one plastic surgery and three "procedures" on her face that she's not obsessed: "Some people might think that's a lot, some people might think that's not a lot. But I definitely take responsibility for being hypercritical of my appearance."

Meanwhile, Monica Krause did admit she had a problem with shopping "for decades" but not until she realized she was having an impact on her daughter Kayleigh did she "realize I had to do something about it."

Kayleigh said she got scared to open their mail thanks to the bills they were receiving, which is what led her to speak up to her mom and bring this TV show into their lives.

So did the show help? "Absolutely, just being here is testament to that," said Monica.

"My Mom is Obsessed" airs Thursday night at 10 p.m. ET on Discovery Fit & Health.

What do you think is the best way for teens to help their "obsessed" moms? Will a show like this help the mothers see their problems? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page.

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