The first programme of a new long-term Channel 4 series following seven obese children for a decade will be shown at 9pm on Monday 4 January.
The documentary will revisit the children every two years to discover what it is like to grow up as an obese child in Britain today.
The opening film features three of the older children in the group, all aged between nine and ten, who are becoming more aware of their bodies and how the rest of the world sees them.
One of the children, Sabrina, 9, from Bradford eats a combination of rich home-cooked dishes and halal junk food, and her mother worries about the family’s history of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Obesity when growing up
According to the documentary makers the programmes will document “often candid and inspiring observations, daily routines, what they worry about and how obesity will affect them as they grow up.”
The first episode of Generation XXL will be shown at 9pm on Channel 4, Monday 4 January 2010.