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Supersize vs Superskinny

Series 5-Episode 1

Series 5-Episode 1

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Experts predict that by 2020 a third of adults in the UK will be obese. But in America this milestone has already been reached. Evansville, Indiana, is officially America’s ”fattest city” because a whopping 38 per cent of the population is obese.

In the first film of the series Dr Christian Jessen meets some of the city’s overweight residents, including a woman who lost her foot to obesity-related diabetes, and visits a funeral home where the coffins are the size of hot tubs. Back home he hears a story from the other end of the eating-disorder scale: how a jaw operation triggered anorexia in an 18-year-old girl.


Dr Christian Jessen advises more Britons whose extreme eating habits are putting their lives at risk, and gets severely underweight and overweight people to swap diets. He also visits Evansville, Indiana, a city where 38 per cent of the population is overweight, and meets residents suffering from obesity-related illnesses. The programme also features 18-year-old Ellie Lambert, who discusses how she became anorexic after an operation on her jaw prevented her from eating.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Christian Jessen
Executive Producer Oliver Wright
Executive Producer Colette Foster
Series Director Roger Oldham
Series Director Nicola Silk
Series Producer Ceri Jones
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