C4 orders fifth season of “Supersize vs. Superskinny”

UK broadcaster Channel 4 will continue to examine the region's relationship with food, with Remarkable Television commissioned to produce a fifth season of its format, Supersize vs Superskinny (pictured).
November 25, 2011

UK broadcaster Channel 4 will continue to examine the region’s relationship with food, with Remarkable Television commissioned to produce a fifth season of its format, Supersize vs. Superskinny.

The 10 x 60-minute documentary series sees the feeding clinic of Dr. Christian Jessen (pictured)opening its doors once more, this time pairing off all eight “Supersizers,” or overeaters, and “Superskinnies,” or borderline anorexics, from previous seasons to take part in one giant weigh-in session.

However, before the “Supersizers” move into the feeding clinic, they’re flown stateside to move in with someone whose life has been wrecked by overeating. Back in the UK, the supersizers and superskinnies have a two-day meal swap, followed by a healthy eating plan from the doctor.

Addtitionally, in a brand new strand, The Fattest City in the USA, Jessen investigates why obesity has become such an epidemic for the residents of Evansville, Indiana. The new series will also examine the impact of eating disorders on the lives of eight people.

“As obesity rates continue to rise in Britain, the new series of Supersize vs Superskinny will hit the front line to reveal just how bad things are,” said Colette Foster, managing director of Remarkable Television. “The new series will be more shocking and powerful then ever, with compelling new strands to satisfy viewers’ enormous appetites to be informed and entertained.”

Supersize vs Superskinny was commissioned by Katie Boyd and will be executive produced by Oliver Wright, and produced by Ceri Jones at Remarkable Television.

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