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"Huge" TV Show All About Obesity Acceptance

"Huge" Step Forward in Obesity Acceptance

Although dropping pounds is central to reality TV shows like The Biggest Loser and One Big Happy Family, these weight loss series might have paved the way for "fat acceptance" in Hollywood.

Airing on the cable channel ABC Family, the scripted hour-long drama Huge follows seven teenagers and staff of Camp Victory, a fictional weight loss camp. The characters may be played by actors, but their bodies and issues are real. In Huge, the characters aren't being made fun of or pushed to lose weight, but rather the ins and outs of their lives are chronicled; their stories are told, making the show more accepting of obesity. The main character, Willemina, isn't ashamed by her weight at all and doesn't see the need to drop pounds, a refreshing departure from how obese people, especially women, are usually portrayed on TV.

Huge is quickly becoming a huge hit after only its first episode. Interested in seeing a clip? Then


If you want to see more, check out Huge on Mondays at 9/8c on ABC.

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Shortiegurl03 Shortiegurl03 6 years
Hopefully teenagers who are in the situation of nikki blonsky's character and the battle with their weight will relate and learn to accept themselves. Perhaps showing that they are not alone and other teens deal with the same situations, self-esteem issues, etc. will empower them and give them the confidence to be who they are and tackle their issues, whatever they may be.
Shortiegurl03 Shortiegurl03 6 years
Completely agree with the above comment! Good point!
lemuse20 lemuse20 6 years
Love the actresses, love the "love your body" attitude! I hope this show goes far and does well, BUT, they need to back off with the skinny bashing.
zeze zeze 6 years
This is replacing 10 things?!!! Ugh...we get this in place of Ethan Peck? I'm extremely annoyed.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I don't know if I necessarily agree with the concept of this show. I don't think fat teenagers should be ridiculed or anything, but I don't think we as a society should be telling them it's OK to be obese. These kids are going to be the ones that grow up to be obese adults and end up developing all sorts of weight-related problems later in life. It's pretty sad, actually.
runrgrl runrgrl 6 years
I think that people should aim to be a healthy weight, and accept the idea of becoming healthier. You should love yourself at any size, but it is often easier to have a healthy body image when you are at a healthy body weight. However, I also think that the show highlights an important aspect of childhood and teenage obesity.
amber512 amber512 6 years
Personally, I loved the first episode. People should give it a chance and actually WATCH it before judging what it is about.
darc5204 darc5204 6 years
My opinion of "obesity acceptance" all depends on what's being accepted, and what behavior is being endorsed. It's great to endorse treating all humans like humans, it's great to endorse some degree of personal differences in body shape. It's not great to endorse anyone to continue having bad health habits.
animatedpunk animatedpunk 6 years
that clip looks kinda awful.... I'm still annoyed that they canceled 10 Things I Hate About You (which ended with a season finale cliff-hanger) for this.
heyhayley6 heyhayley6 6 years
I watched this show and I shockingly liked it. Yes, its cheesy but I can see it really going somewhere. I think the general idea of body acceptance is a great message but I am hoping they also tie in more of the health aspects of loosing weight than the "I just want to fit in and look like everyone in Hollywood" argument that they focused on in the first episode.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 6 years
Being concerned with someone's health, well being and quality of life is definitely not dehumanizing. Quite the opposite. I don't know about this show or if I think this should be posted in Fit sugar, but I do agree that the cliques of overweight characters get really old especially since those stereotypes end up seeming cartoonish and I would say that actually is dehumanizing.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 6 years
Ah, yes, it is "refreshing" to see a show about an obese person who "doesn't see the need to drop pounds." Almost as refreshing is the assurance that the Jersey Shore cast will continue to use indoor tanning beds. Because people who talk about skin cancer are really just trying to de-humanize and shame tan people. I also appreciate all the people who proudly declared in the the online comment section of my local newspaper that the city-wide smoking ban going into effect will not prevent them from smoking two packs of cigarettes per day. So refreshing . . . If saying "obesity is unhealthy" is the equivalent of treating obese people like they're not human beings, then comments about the health risks associated with tanning and smoking are equally taboo, right?
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