X-Weighted Families


Baffled, misguided and often overwhelmed parents try to manage their overweight, unhealthy and usually unhappy offspring. X-Weighted: Families takes us inside the dynamics of obesity. For some it has become a matter of life and death. For all, there is a very real desperation to change their lives before the family itself collapses.

Each of 13 stand-alone episodes follows a different family determined to make positive and permanent lifestyle changes. There are plans and pitfalls, dreams and delusions, failures and triumphs as the families strive to go from fat to fit.

They seek expert advice on nutrition, fitness, health and self-esteem as they cope with discouragement and other stumbling blocks. Parents are directed to admit, and take responsibility for, their own bad choices. And they must lead by example, getting off their butts and moving their children – sometimes kicking and screaming – towards a healthier life.

X-Weighted: Families may often be heartbreaking, and sometimes shocking, but every season full of triumph and transformation is always compelling.


Cast/Participants: Paul Plakas, Fred Connors

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Awards & Nominations


Gemini Awards



Banff World Media Festival Rockie Awards