Parents' Guide to

Fat March

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Weight-loss challenge show can get a bit heavy.

TV ABC Reality TV 2007
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Tweens are Ok but Nothing Younger

age 17+


HOW IS THIS CONSIDERED quote: "encouraging: unquote?! I mean, if I was an overweight child watching this... I would probably CRY ok, I would CRY!!! This is awful and humiliating to the overweight population of America. I mean, if it is supposed to be encouraging, why would they name the title "FAT MARCH"? That is like pointing out these people are fat. If you say an overweight child, would you call them fat? NO I WOULDNT! And in this movie, the coaches are yelling particularly at a young overweight child named Jimmy. Here is the supposively "encouraging pep talk" he was yelling, "RUN FAT BOY, RUN! DO THE FAT MARCH! SHAKE YOU $%#@&*$ FAT *$$%$ FOR *&*#@$$ SAKE!" This is why this movie is comepletely innapropriate for all ages Why: Fat Population of children will react: They will CRY! Non- Fat Population of children will react: They will laugh at the poor overweight children trying hard to acheive! (tisk-tisk)

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

While the mood is generally positive, supportive, and hopeful, occasional problems between team members develop, and the show devotes a good chuck of screen time to these conflicts. Watching the contestants persevere and process the emotions connected to their body image and weight issues is inspirational, but there's a degree of voyeurism, too. Viewers might be tempted to judge the overweight folks, especially the ones who hit emotional walls during the journey. Several members struggle with the daily challenge of walking great distances. Some find the process emotionally challenging, while others struggle with medical issues. In just the first three days of the walk, two team members go to the hospital.

The calculation of the cash reward is slightly confusing. The pot is initially $1.2 million -- which would be $100,000 per contestant -- but for each person who drops out, the individual pots decrease by $10,000. This is designed to keep the team supportive of one another and is a welcome reversal from many cut-throat reality show competitions. But team members also have a chance at each stage to vote a team member off. This is where it gets a little fuzzy. By losing a team member, the winning pots still shrink, but some people feel it's a way to let a struggling member out gracefully, while others just don't want to be weighed down by a straggler. In all, though, the prize math probably won't be what turns you on or off of this show.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: August 6, 2007
  • Cast: Jeff Bartsch
  • Network: ABC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 28, 2022

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