New British 'Fat Kids Can't Hunt' to follow youths living with Aborigines
By Christopher Rocchio, 04/17/2007
Survivor's castaway qualities, The Biggest Loser's weight-loss mentality and Big Brother's voyeuristic appeal have reportedly been combined for a new British reality series that will have fat kids hunting for their own food in Australia.
Cruelly titled Fat Kids Can't Hunt, the new reality weight-loss series being filmed down under will follow 10 obese youth as they live with Aboriginal tribesmen for a month, Australia's The Daily Telegraphreported Saturday. If living with the Aborigines weren't difficult enough, the children will also follow the eating habits of the tribe, a cuisine that includes plants, fruits and grasses, as well as any animals or insects they can trap, kill and cook. Refusal to eat like Aborigines means the kids go hungry.
"Britain has the fattest teenagers in Europe with one in three overweight or obese. Doctors warn that if we don't tackle this problem, generations of kids face a drastic reduction in the quality and longevity of their lives," show producer Bridget Sneyd told Britain's The Sun newspaper, according to The Telegraph. "This experiment gives our teenagers a unique opportunity to address their dysfunctional relationship with food once and for all before they reach adulthood."
While the series is designed to help overweight children overcome overeating, some medical experts have claimed Fat Kids Can't Hunt is "voyeuristic," according to The Telegraph. Voyeurism might not be too far off base, as Fat Kids Can't Hunt was made by Big Brother producer Endemol and is similar to BBC3's Fat Men Can't Hunt, which followed a group of obese men as they lived together in a desert in Namibia.