Fat: New Zealand’s latest trend

by Kyle

It seems that being fat is the “in” thing nowadays in New Zealand.

Sitting in front of the TV, you might expect to see some cheesy American comedy show or a good quality drama. While these types of shows are on offer with our networks, there is a new type of show that is growing at an alarming rate.

Fatty shows. These are shows about overweight people. Seriously, what’s the interest? Why do we need these shows? Why do we want them?
It’s crazy, being interested in watching strangers shred their pounds. On one particular show, the participants stand almost naked, jiggling their fat proudly to the camera.

It’s disgusting and wrong, not entertaining.
We don’t just have shows for overweight people, we also have shows of overweight pets. Yes – pets! It’s insane – and it’s got me thinking about what television has come to.

On the subject of large people, over half of New Zealand adults and nearly one-third of New Zealand children are already overweight or obese.
These figures are expected to rise, as are the health problems associated with being overweight, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.