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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show promotes acceptance and respect with its look at the struggles of overweight teens. Body image is a recurring theme, and the disparity among the characters’ impressions of themselves invites discussions about society’s perspective on beauty. The show addresses often-emotional issues such as eating disorders.
Positive Role Models
The teens don't always behave perfectly (they play pranks on each other and, in at least one case, intentionally sabotage others’ weight loss efforts), but they're open about their struggles with weight and self-esteem -- relatable, age-appropriate issues for the teens who will watch the show.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Frequent flirting between teens, and a few developing relationships. The show sometimes addresses issues like sexual orientation.
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Frequent use of phrases like "oh my God” and “shut up.”
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Products & Purchases
The show promotes the “Healthy Living” area of ABC Family’s website.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this drama deals with teen obesity and body image in an honest, thought-provoking way. The main characters' sensitivity to weight runs the gamut, so viewers can expect to see tears, frustration, and even self-directed jokes about being fat. The content also touches on other weight-related topics like bulimia and binge eating (as well as non-weight-related issues, such as sexual orientation). Although Huge is a scripted show, the characters' struggles with self-esteem will probably be relatable to most teens, so watching the show could be an intense experience. Talk to your teen about how to distinguish the show's positive messages about self-esteem and inner beauty from the more sensitive content.
Is It Any Good?
Huge takes a big risk by thrusting the sensitive subject of teen obesity into the spotlight without the "safety net" of broad humor or a reality competition framework. Happily, the show's willingness to take on the emotional issues that accompany this issue offer teens and their families a great opportunity to discuss topics like body image, accepting differences, and healthy lifestyles. From the characters' impressions of themselves to their tenuous relationships with each other, the show's messages actually supersede weight and speak to a more general struggle for self-acceptance that most everyone can relate to.
The show benefits from an exceptional cast -- the actors humanize the issue of teen obesity and encourage viewers to really walk in the characters' shoes before passing judgment. As long as your teen is ready to think (and talk) about potentially sensitive topics like weight, self-esteem, and even eating disorders, this is a worthwhile choice.
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