The Way Down

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  • TV-MA
  • 2021
  • 1 Season
  • 7.1  (958)

The Way Down is a docuseries exploring how the late Gwen Shamblin Lara, who founded the controversial Remnant Fellowship Church and created the Christian weight loss program "The Weigh Down Workshop," rose to fame as a diet guru and church leader. Lara began a weight control consulting practice in 1980. She had struggled with her weight in college. She counseled that genetics, metabolism and behavior modification did not explain why some people were thin while others were overweight. In 1986, Lara founded the Weigh Down Workshop, a weight loss program with no food restrictions, exercise regimens or weigh-ins, or calorie counting. Some experts expressed concern that the program eliminated exercise and guidance on food selection as recommended by the American Dietetic Association. Lara developed Weigh Down Workshop while working on her master's degree at Memphis State University. As part of a counseling center, Lara hosted the first class in a mall in Memphis, Tennessee. The program was offered as small classes in retail and non-religious settings.

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Seen But Not Heard
3. Seen But Not Heard
September 30, 2021
When two Remnant members are charged with murder, Gwen rallies her congregation to defend against claims of abuse. As former church members recount their chilling experiences, another tragedy threatens to upend the future of the church.
A Family Affair
2. A Family Affair
September 30, 2021
Gwen's divorce and prompt remarriage to struggling actor/musician Joe Lara raise questions about the odd couple's checkered past - and the church's finances.
The Kingdom
1. The Kingdom
September 30, 2021
A deadly plane crash draws public attention to the Remnant Fellowship, a Christian-diet-program-turned-church, and its infamous leader, Gwen Shamblin Lara.
God, Greed And The Cult Of Gwen Shamblin
God, Greed And The Cult Of Gwen Shamblin

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The Way Down is a docuseries exploring how the late Gwen Shamblin Lara, who founded the controversial Remnant Fellowship Church and created the Christian weight loss program "The Weigh Down Workshop," rose to fame as a diet guru and church leader. Lara began a weight control consulting practice in 1980. She had struggled with her weight in college. She counseled that genetics, metabolism and behavior modification did not explain why some people were thin while others were overweight. In 1986, Lara founded the Weigh Down Workshop, a weight loss program with no food restrictions, exercise regimens or weigh-ins, or calorie counting. Some experts expressed concern that the program eliminated exercise and guidance on food selection as recommended by the American Dietetic Association.

Lara developed Weigh Down Workshop while working on her master's degree at Memphis State University. As part of a counseling center, Lara hosted the first class in a mall in Memphis, Tennessee. The program was offered as small classes in retail and non-religious settings.

The Way Down is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (3 episodes). The series first aired on September 30, 2021.

Where to Watch The Way Down

The Way Down is available for streaming on the HBO Max website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Way Down on demand at HBO Max.

  • Premiere Date
    September 30, 2021
  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (958)