Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge

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Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge is a British documentary-based reality series focusing on one of the heaviest families in the United Kingdom. The creator and host of the show is Lorraine Kelly, a Scottish journalist who also works as a news presenter and an actress.

Big Fat Challenge is the story of the Chawner family of Blackburn, Lancashire, England - mother Audrey, father Phil, and daughters Emma and Sam. They were thrust into the spotlight in 2009 when Emma made an unsuccessful audition to make it onto the British version of X-Factor. At a combined weight of 92 stone, 1288 pounds in American conversion, and living on state stipends, they were categorized as one of the biggest and laziest families in England.

Lorraine Kelly decided to help them and record their progress in the six episode Big Fat Challenge. The first installment introduced viewers to the entire family, who were put through rigorous physical exams. It was learned in this premiere episode that father Phil's health was so poor that he only had years left on his life. The next episodes split the focus as Sam and Emma went off to weight-loss camp while their parents stayed at home to work on their health.

The girls returned home from to find out their mom wasn't taking her dieting seriously. This led to a confrontation as all the Chawner women refused to take serious measures to stay healthy and caused Audrey to be admitted to the hospital. In the last episode of the first series it was revealed the family lost a total of 14 stone - nearly 200 pounds. A second series of Big Fat Challenge focused on getting the Chawner family employed as well as continuing their healthy practices.

Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge premiered on January 12, 2010 on the UK's Biography Channel and also aired in Australia and New Zealand. Full episodes can currently be viewed in the U.S. via Hulu and in the UK at the online service Sky Go.

2 Seasons, 14 Episodes
January 11, 2010
Documentary & Biography, Health & Fitness
Cast: Audrey Chawner, Emma Chawner, Philip Chawner, Samantha Chawner
Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge

Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge Full Episode Guide

  • A counsellor is called when Phil gets angry about Sam's new boyfriend, and Lorraine summons the Chawners for a final weigh-in.

  • Lorraine Kelly sends personal trainer Elise to the Chawners' summer holiday, and Sam has a revelation about her life that shocks the entire family.

  • Sam returns home from hospital after an exploratory operation reveals she has an ovarian cyst.

  • Audrey is sent to volunteer at a local charity that looks after horses rescued from neglect and slaughter.

  • If Lorraine is going to downsize these supersizers she's going to need to bring in some help.

  • Still in a bid to lose weight, the Chawners continue to battle the flab and cut down on all those calorific meals.

  • The Chawners, labelled Britain's fattest and laziest family, are still being bad.

  • The Chawners five month's of tears, tantrums, illness and injury are almost over but Lorraine's got one final trick up her sleeve and she hopes it will motivate them to lose even more weight.

  • Lorraine's worried; Emma and Sam's weight loss has ground to a virtual halt. Fighting with their Mum and Dad and holiday's at the seaside has an unhealthy distraction.

  • Emma and Samantha Chawner are at weight loss camp in Somerset. Emma wanted to leave after 48 hours but Sam persuades her stay and they join a circuit class; the first exercise they've done since leaving school.

  • Weighing in at combined total of 91 stones The Chawners are the family the nation loves to hate. They are offered a unique opportunity to turn their lives around by TV's golden girl Lorraine Kelly.

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