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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Emotional reality docuseries about fighting morbid obesity.

TV A&E Reality TV 2011
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The series highlights the health problems obesity will inevitably lead to, including joint pain, skin disorders, heart problems, stroke, and death. It shows how professionals can help people begin and continue the weight-loss process. It also discusses many of the obstacles that arise when trying to lose large amounts of weight over time, including boredom and lack of family support.

Like most shows of this kind, Heavy offers some inspirational stories as well as lots of voyeuristic scenes filled with people crying from physical and emotional pain. Some of the discussions about personal family problems are a little awkward too. But this aside, it offers a chance to see people empower themselves to make positive changes in their lives.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: January 17, 2011
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: October 14, 2022

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