REBEKAH DEVLIN OUT OF THE BOX
IT’S AN interesting concept: take two fat Brits to another country and make them stay with other fat people, eating what they eat. Can they shock them skinny?
Dan Harrison, who weighs 152kg, once ate 15 doughnuts in one session: ‘‘ A fact that I’m both proud and ashamed of,’’ the 22-year-old says.
His girlfriend dumped him ’ cos he was too fat. That made him sad, so he comfort-ate, which made him even fatter.
Lauren French is morbidly obese, tipping the scales at 146kg, but says: ‘‘ I’m fine with my appearance, I believe I carry it off quite well.’’
That’s the problem. Lauren actually believes her weight is not an issue. ‘‘ I’m not happy with the number on the scales, but I know I’m not unhealthy,’’ she says.
What the? How can she possible be healthy at that weight? It’s hard to know whether she believes that or if it is a self-protection thing.
Their first visit is to the Gonzales family. The narrator calls them ‘‘ the enormous Gonzales family’’ as if they’re a circus troupe with massive ‘‘ Es’’ on their suits.
In the one family are four Miriams, which makes remembering names pretty easy. They serve up a delicacy — a
Way too much: Lauren and Dan whole-cooked cow head, complete with brains.
‘‘ It was close to heaven for me,’’ says meat-lover Dan . . . hmmm, I’mnot sure this trip is having the desired effect.
Second stop is staying with Maria, who weighs 113kg and drinks 10 litres of Coke a day. Yep, that’d do it.
They make the pair visit obese patients being treated for leg ulcers caused by poor circulation. It is hideous.
Argentina is the fattest country in South America and it is in the slums where people are the most overweight.
As most land is used for cattle grazing, vegetables are expensive because no one grows them. They buy fatty, high-calorie junk food, because it’s cheaper. Fat and Fatter ABC2, 8.30pm