Big Business

In the past 20 years, obesity rates in America have tripled. But while doctors despair, some people are making a killing. This eye-opening new film profiles the profiteers of morbid obesity. Visit the restaurant that invented the 8,000 calorie burger, where diners are pushed to their cars in wheelchairs; study at the first weight loss school for overweight children, which doesn’t see the need to provide medical care, and try out the products developed to cater for the morbidly obese – everything from extra large coffins to reinforced toilets.


  • Year: 2007
  • Duration: 52 MINS
  • Production: TAC PRESSE
  • Director: MIRYAM AKIL
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France

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