Hoarding Rotten Food on A&E's Hoarders [video]
Monday night A&E premiered their new television series Hoarders, a documentary series about people with a severe inability to part with their belongings. Episode one featured the couple Jennifer and Ron, threatened with having their three kids removed by child protective services, their house so completely overrun with stuff that the only place the family can eat dinner together is on a bed.
The other half of the show featured Jill, a 60 year-old food hoarder, who refuses to throw any food out, no matter its expiration date. Oblivious to the odors and the grave health implications, her house is full of flies, food in various stages of decay, moldy pumpkins, and fridges and freezers held shut with duct tape. Threatened with eviction, her family and professionals attempt to clean her house and get her to recognize that she has a problem.
Here's the opening segment with Jill that gives a tour of her house. It's tragic and horrifying and gross, but nowhere near as gruesome as later scenes in which the house is purged. (We had trouble watching the full episode on the Hoarders website, but give that a shot, or try to catch repeats.)