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03/12/2008

ITV1 Commissions Twofour To Make 'Fat Teens In Love'

Wellspring UK in the Lake District is the UK's first teen weight loss camp.
In 'Fat Teens In Love', a documentary for ITV1, Twofour finds out what happens when a group of obese teenagers attend the summer camp in a last ditch attempt to lose weight and end years of feeling like outsiders.
Commissioned by Jeff Anderson, ITV1's Controller of Current Affairs and Documentaries, 'Fat Teens In Love' is all about the emotional effect that being overweight has on increasing numbers of young people today.
Executive Producer Emma Morgan said: "These teens are desperate to lose weight but, like most young people, it's not just their health that's their only concern. They are fed up of feeling excluded from normal teenage life and being left standing at the side of the school disco, these are teenagers looking for a chance of a normal adolescence.
"What the film reveals is that Summer Camp works - in an environment where they are the same as everyone else, these overweight teens suddenly start to feel the confidence to behave like 'normal' teenagers."
The cameras follow the group doing everything from outward bounds activities and overnight camping trips to how to take control of their diet. All the teenagers also participate in counseling sessions aimed at helping them address the root causes of their over-eating and improving their self-confidence. And, best of all, they are - for the time being at least - among a peer group who are not ridiculing them. When fat is the norm, there's a level playing field for behaving like every other teenager.
'Fat Teens In Love' is produced and directed by Twofour's Suzie Samant and the executive producers are Emma Morgan and Joe Houlihan. It is due to TX later this year.
(KMcA)
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