I Used to Be Fat

TV review by Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Teen weight-loss docu has positive messages about change.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 1 review

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age 13+

Totally teen appopriate

The idea behind the show is excellent; it could motivate the younger generations who are sadly getting fatter and fatter. I think that young teens could watch this, but it wouldn't hurt for parents to watch it too. It's good material to talk over.

This title has:

Great messages

TV Details

  • Premiere date: December 29, 2010
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: March 2, 2022

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