Airdate: Big

Nine will air new reality series Big which features obese Australians given a weight-loss expert and trainer and the chance to turn their lives around.

Hosted by Deborah Hutton, the series was originally promised for 2010 but now airs following medico-series RPA from 9:30pm next Wednesday night.

BIG – Extreme Makeover, a unique television series about epic journeys and monumental struggles in the battle with obesity, premieres on the Nine Network on Wednesday, May 4, at 9.30pm.

Hosted by Deborah Hutton, BIG gives six morbidly obese people a second chance at life. From day one, a weight-loss expert and trainer will take over their lives and stay with them for 12 months, 24/7. There will be no escape or backing out in the mission to turn around the lives of these people and their families forever.

BIG is the ultimate lifestyle-changing program. It offers no contests, no prize money, and no hiding from the temptations of everyday life.

In one-hour episodes trainer Lee Campbell works with someone who weighs 150-250kg and desperately needs help. During each episode their 12-month journey to a healthy body will be revealed step by incredible step. This epic transformation will not only totally reshape their physical appearance but completely alter their inner perceptions, their relationships, and most importantly their outlook on life.

The prevalence of obesity in Australia has more than doubled in the past 20 years. Staggering figures confirm that today over 60 per cent of adults and one in four children are either obese or significantly overweight. However, there is a huge difference between being overweight and morbidly obese. For morbidly and super-obese people life is a constant battle, from just getting dressed to walking out the door. Everyday activity takes enormous effort and for many, the effort of losing weight is too difficult without constant help and support.

Mick– 33, 240kg
Lives with his parents Roseanne and Michael in Sydney’s west.
Mick feels that his life is at risk. He lost his older brother Paul four years ago when his heart burst, leaving behind a wife and three small children. Mick vowed to lose weight so the same thing wouldn’t happen to him, but instead he turned to food as support and put on more weight.

Mick’s nieces and nephew are his greatest joy – he takes them on trips but gets frustrated with his limited mobility. At the beach he is distressed by walking in soft sand. He has to stop every four or five steps due to being so obese and physically restricted. His back aches under the pressure of the weight around his stomach and his legs swell up.


  1. LOL just watched the show last night and saw mick’s “Extreme makeover”. He started off being 250 kg, lost 40kg then gained a 15kg bit when left alone for a while because he did Nothing by himself and by the end of the show he was at 213kg or so but the show somehow insisted he was at 200kg and that he had made a really big transformation and it was a big epic journey.

    Hahahaha how ridiculous. The TV show did nothing he will definitely gain it all back pretty soon since he always gained weight when he was left alone.

  2. Hey, back off all you “trashers” … I know Mick, who is on tomorrow nights show, and there’s no way he could have done this without the show!

  3. Pretty much agree with everything said here – yet another rip off from a rival network of a show that has received generally good ratings in its 2011 run. No way will I be watching this trash.

  4. Judging from the promos, the difference between TBL and this is TBL is an encouraging supportive towards the contestants to lose weight and live healthier. This show just looks like it wants to humiliate obese people by showing full screen shots of their almost naked bodies for sick viewer enjoyment.

    Don’t get me wrong I love trash tv but this just looks bad.

  5. I hope this show really helps to give hope for others struggling with weight loss issues. Shows like this can really make a difference to others facing the same problems.

  6. It’s always good when people make the decision to change something they are not happy with. However do we have to see every self improvement moment on television? The trend was DIY home and garden. Now it’s people. Isn’t anything private anymore? Don’t people have a sense of pride? I am sick of hearing “if only one person is inspired by seeing me” crap. The fact that there is no prize money sounds like a gimmick by Channel 9 to make it seem that they really care about these people and are not exploiting them. Yes I know I don’t have to watch it and I won’t but it is hard to avoid the promos.

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