UK pubcaster BBC has commissioned a new series that gives a voice to people who live with obesity and explores what it means to live with obesity in Britain today.
The O Word (w/t; 2 x 60 minutes) will follow eight individuals living with obesity. The participants will live together and explore what it’s really like to have your appearance increasingly subjected to public scrutiny.
While obesity levels in the UK have nearly doubled in the last 20 years, with a quarter of the country now classified as obese, the series seeks to go beyond statistics to learn about the experiences of the individual people who face immense prejudice.
The two-part series was commissioned by BBC2 controller Patrick Holland and Tom McDonald, head of commissioning for natural history and specialist factual. It is being produced by Love Productions, where Sara Ramsden serves as executive producer. The BBC commissioning editors are McDonald and Jack Bootle.
The O Word will air on BBC2 but no premiere date has yet been revealed.
“Obesity is one of the most pressing issues in modern Britain, but all too rarely do we hear from those who experience it every day,” said McDonald in a statement. “This thoughtful, sensitive series will give voice to an often marginalized and misunderstood section of society. It will be challenging, thought-provoking and complex television.”