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A&E series 'Heavy' doesn't take obesity lightly

Jodi and her trainers on 'Heavy."
Jodi and her trainers on 'Heavy."

There are no cupcake challenges, no dance competitions, no sassy attitudes and no big cash prize. Instead, the series Heavy, which premieres tonight at 10 on A&E, follows 22 morbidly obese people as they lose weight over 6 months.

The premiere episode focuses on Tom and Jodi, two 37-year-olds in different stages of obesity. While Jodi starts the episode at over 300 pounds, Tom is nearly twice that size. The 11-episode show follows the people as they enter a weight-loss facility where they learn the skills to get the weight off.

The emotions aren't from gameplay -- they're real and raw and show the pain and stress of their situations.

And while some of the 6-month transformations aren't as visually jaw-dropping as on The Biggest Loser, the people on the show still do lose a tremendous amount of weight, which they lose on their own terms.

There's a lot of crying and struggling but ultimately the show is an uplifting and motivating look at people making lasting changes.

To check out more information on the show, check out the Heavy website at A&E.


  • Slimvictory 4 years ago

    Thanks for this article...very well-written. I'm adding my name as a subscriber to read your future articles:) I also posted my take on "Heavy" on my weight-loss/healthy living blog:

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    where is the facility where the show heavy takes place? how come insurance won/t cover nonsurgical approachesfor obesity but will pay for penile implants in prisoners?

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    There are way more fat people than limp noodles prisoners!

  • workoutqueen 4 years ago

    That is an excellent question!

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