20 films about weight loss and overweight problems

Fat and anorexic – the most harmless thing that people who suffer from weight problems hear about them. However, happiness cannot be measured in centimeters or kilograms. Each figure hides a soul, it is possible that it is immortal, and each person is unique and worthy of love. And the heroes from the selection of films about weight loss are the best proof of this.

Upstart (TV series, 2019 – 2021)

Among the novelties of cinema in recent years, this comedy about difficult relationships with one’s own body is interesting because it is based on the real story of a columnist in a glossy magazine. Annie dreams of changing her life, but is constantly faced with misunderstanding of others and neglect of herself because of her excess weight. A rude boss, a young man, a coach in the pool and even his own mother do not miss the opportunity to remind the girl of her volumes. Having cast aside all doubts and fears, Annie starts a blog where she candidly highlights the problems of obesity and self-acceptance.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Shrill

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Aidy Bryant, Lolly Adefope, John Cameron Mitchell …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
12+


I’m losing weight (2018)

Another film on the list of the best motivating films about losing weight is a kind Russian comedy with the right message. Ani’s boyfriend, not embarrassed in expressions, explains the reason for parting with her – her friend’s extra pounds. However, the heroine does not intend to give up. Go on a diet, lose weight and return a loved one – her goals for the near future. And Anya’s best friend and the resilient Nikolai, who has long been waging a war for ideal weight, will help.

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Alexandra Bortich, Irina Gorbacheva, Sergey Shnurov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Beauty on the whole head (2018)

The film raises the age-old question: what is more important, how you look or how you feel? The heroine of an American comedy is unhappy with her appearance, so she joins the gym, hoping to fit her figure to beauty standards. In the process of intensive training, the girl falls and hits her head. Now in the mirror, Rene sees a luxurious beauty with perfect shapes. But in fact, neither the face nor the body of the blonde has changed. What will such a specific, invisible to others, transformation of a girl lead to?

Original title:
I Feel Pretty

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Tom Hopper…

Country:
China, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Fitness (TV series, 2018 – 2020)

There are always difficulties on the way to a dream, the main thing is to perceive them positively. Smiling plump Asya, the heroine of a funny Russian weight loss series, adheres to this rule. The girl urgently needs to lose weight in order to return the love of the groom and wipe the nose of her girlfriends. But she doesn’t have money for classes at the fitness center. Then Asya decides to get a job there to study for free. The heroine has a long way to go before she can fall in love again, find friends, build a career and understand that happiness cannot be measured in kilograms.

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Sofya Zaika, Mikhail Trukhin, Tatyana Khramova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Pyshka (2018)

The main character of the film about weight loss in the comedy genre has everything to be happy. That’s just a sweet and kind Willowdin obsessed with the problem of excess weight. This is not surprising, because the mother of a teenager is the winner of numerous beauty contests. In addition, the woman does not support her daughter at all and mockingly calls her “donut”. Once a fat woman decides to make a revolution and prove to everyone that the main thing in a person is the soul and anyone can be beautiful. She becomes a participant in a beauty contest that her mother arranges.

Original title:
Dumplin’

Genre:
Comedy, drama

Actors:
Daniel Macdonald, Odeya Rush, Jennifer Aniston…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.6

Age Limits :
16+


Dietland (TV series 2018)

This motivational sarcastic comedy weight loss serial is based on a feminist novel by Sarah Walker. Journalist Plum Kettle is tired of the burden of excess weight and misunderstanding of others and is preparing for plastic surgery. Suddenly, the life of a lonely heroine changes. She is approached for help by a women’s organization waging war on the beauty industry. At the same time, a secret group begins to brutally crack down on men suspected of sexual harassment.

Original title:
Dietland

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Joy Nash, Tamara Tuny, Robin Weigert …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.6

Age limit:
16+


To the Bone (2017)

For the role in this film, actress Lily Collins had to urgently reduce weight so that the painful thinness of the heroine on the screen looked more realistic. The plot tells about twenty-year-old artist Ellen, who suffers from anorexia. Due to serious emotional disturbances, the girl refuses to eat and literally disappears before our eyes. A problem that seemed trivial at first could lead to Ellen’s death. Worried relatives arrange for her to a special hospital, where the head physician uses unusual but effective methods of treatment.

Original title:
To the Bone

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves, Carrie Preston …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


My crazy diary (TV series 2013 – 2015)

A highly rated serial film about the story of a fat girl based on the biography of Ray Earl. The action of a foreign melodrama about modern teenagers takes place in 1996. 16-year-old Ray has problems not only with being overweight, but also with her emotional state. After three months in a psychiatric hospital , she tries to get back to her normal life. No one knows what is going on in her soul. Ray shares all the secrets only with a diary, talking about difficult relationships with his mother, first love and problems in communicating with peers.

Original title:
My Mad Fat Diary

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Jodie Comer, Kiera Baxendale, Dan Cohen …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.4

Age restrictions:
12+


It would not be bad to lose weight (2012)

A touching comedy film made by a woman for women. The plot of the film about weight loss united several characters with the same problem – being overweight. All of them meet in a specialized weight loss resort Brides-les-Bains. Someone wants to please her husband, someone just wants to relax and have fun, and for someone saying goodbye to being overweight is the only way to love themselves. There they make friends, achieve goals and pass serious tests.

Original title:
Mince alors!

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Victoria Abril, Lola Dewaer, Catherine Osmalin …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Fat Man in the Ring (2012)

We are used to life-affirming films about fat girls, but what about a good comedy about a fat man? Boring and lazy biology teacher Scott bickers with the director and leads the lessons carelessly. But one day he will have to shake things up when budget cuts lead to the closure of several children’s clubs. Scott decides to stand up for the school and raise funds. And for this, he chooses a very original way – a performance at a mixed martial arts tournament, where any participant, even the loser, will receive a cash prize.

Original title:
Here Comes the Boom

Genre:
Comedy, sports

Actors:
Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Donut Lucy (TV series 2011)

The simple-minded naive Lucy had to move in with her grandfather after the death of her parents. Soon she will be 18 years old – it’s time to return to Yalta and claim the rights to a large inheritance. The unexpected appearance of a young ruddy guest shocks the rest of the family – no one wants to say goodbye to the property and give it to the dumplings from the village. In the world of greedy seekers of wealth, where large sums are at stake, Luce will have to fight not only for her legal rights, but also for her life.

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:
Alexander Konstantinov, Lydia Velezheva, Olga Prokofieva …

Country:
Russia, Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


BBW School (2010)

This detective film about weight loss will be a real motivation not only for people who want to lose a couple of pounds, but also for those who cannot find a way out of a difficult situation. By the will of fate, three fat women will meet to fight the gained kilograms and help one of them get out of the criminal history. Ksenia, whose daughter died, eats her grief. Biologist Irina is trying to attract an ardent laboratory assistant with appetizing forms. Polina does not worry about her appearance, only her husband has been cheating on her for a long time.

Genre:
Melodrama, detective

Actors:
Anna Ardova, Ksenia Gromova, Inga Oboldina …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Mike and Molly (TV series 2010 – 2016)

The popular American comedy introduces the viewer to two very plump young people. Good-natured cop Mike first met Molly at a meeting of a group of anonymous fat people. The couple immediately finds a common language, because they both constantly endure ridicule. Mike still lives with his mother, and Molly suffers from the attacks of her thin sister and mother. Gradually, the relationship of the characters turns into a romantic wave. Ahead of them are many comical situations, the struggle with complexes, attempts to lose weight, new acquaintances, victories and disappointments.

Original title:
Mike & Molly

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Billy Gardell, Melissa McCarthy, Renault Wilson…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.4

Age limit:
16+


Puhliki (TV series 2010)

The American TV series about fat women and fat men tells about the life of seven teenagers who are resting in a weight loss camp. In the center of the plot is an open and cheerful girl Will. Her parents, owners of fitness clubs, are upset by their daughter’s non-standard forms and therefore send her to a special boarding house. However, the heroine does not want to live up to someone’s ideals and treats the inhabitants of the camp with contempt.

Original title:
Huge

Genre:
Drama, comedy, family

Actors:
Nikki Blonsky, Zander Eckhaus, Raven Goodwin…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.3

Age limit:
12+


Fat Men (2009)

Five difficult stories, five destinies, united by one problem, will intersect in the classes of a support group for people suffering from excess weight. Sofia gained weight after breaking up with her boyfriend. For gay Eric, his fullness is the perfect cover for orientation. Leonor is confused in herself and cannot understand where her love for junk and fatty foods came from. Anders’ excess weight is a consequence of the disease. All these people will understand themselves under the guidance of psychologist Abel.

Original title:
Gordos

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Antonio de la Torre, Roberto Enriquez, Veronica Sanchez…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
18+


200 pounds of beauty (2006)

The top comedies about overweight people will be complemented by a feature film about a fat woman who has lost weight. After overweight singer Kang Han-na hears an unflattering opinion of herself, she decides to change the situation. The artist turns to a famous surgeon, does a number of plastic surgeries and actively takes care of herself. A year later, the updated and slender singer returns to the stage. But no one knows what she was like before turning into a beauty, and the most difficult thing for Kang Han-na is to reveal the truth to the world.

Original title:
Minyeoneun goerowo

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy, music

Actors:
Kim A-joon, Choo Jin-mo, Song Dong-il…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.7

Age limit:
16+


Bbw (2006)

From an early age, Jasmine was teased by her peers for being fat. Constant humiliation and ridicule made the already adult puffy beauty a personality with a sharp tongue and a strong character. One day, Jasmine wins a ticket to a five-star resort. Arriving at the place, she meets a hot handsome man – a slender and muscular Tunde. And unexpectedly for everyone, the man is delighted with the forms of the girl, and he is not averse to starting an affair. How can Jasmine believe in the sincerity of feelings when the whole world inspired her that fat women are unworthy of love?

Original title:
Fat Girls

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Ash Christian, Jonathan Cowett, Evan Miller…

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 4.9

Age limit:
18+


Hunger (2003)

This drama film about anorexia and weight loss is a guide to how not to raise children. From childhood, the mother of Franny and Shelly drove into the heads of the girls the idea that beauty and an ideal figure are the key to happiness, and losing weight is the main goal. Having matured, the daughters received a bunch of complexes and problems. One maniacally counts calories in each piece eaten, the second one suffers from depression and eating disorders. Each lives in its own closed world, tormented by loneliness and lack of self-love.

Original title:
Hunger Point

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Barbara Hershey, Christina Hendricks, Susan May Pratt …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.5

Age Limits :
16+


My Beautiful BBW (TV series 2002 – 2007)

After the death of her mother, Valentina moves to her uncle’s house, where her numerous relatives live, and all of them are handsome. And the heroine of the Venezuelan comedy is not at all like the standard sultry Latin American. The girl wears strange clothes, glasses and is overweight. Of course, Valentina becomes the object of ridicule and evil pranks. But the fat woman has a big kind heart, and an unusual girl conquers her pretty cousin Orestes to the envy of all spiteful critics.

Original title:
Mi gorda bella

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Natalia Streignard, Juan Pablo Raba, Ilda Abrahams…

Country:
Venezuela

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.4

Age limits :
16+


Evil Love (2001)

Hal Larsen is one of those men who loves exclusively with his eyes. But one day, the hero of a film about love for a bbw blonde will have to reconsider his views. In the elevator, Hal meets a psychologist who, with the help of hypnosis, changes the mind of a man. Now a bachelor sees only the inner beauty of people. After that, in a bar, he falls in love with the beautiful, slim and interesting Rosemary. At least that’s how Hal sees her. And why chairs break under his beloved, you will find out by watching this comedy.

Original title:
Shallow Hal

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black, Jason Alexander …

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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