Obesity: The Post Mortem
The impact obesity has on the human body will be the subject of a new BBC3 documentary.
First published on 26th August 2016 on theguardian.com
The impact obesity has on the human body will be the subject of a documentary in which a doctor performs a postmortem on a woman who died weighing 17 stone (108kg). The BBC3 programme will examine what happens inside the human body when a person is overweight.
Pathologist Dr Mike Osborn, a consultant at the Royal College of Pathologists, will carry out the procedure on a female donor to show what excess fat does to vital organs. It will be the first time in the UK a postmortem has been carried out for this purpose.
The hour-long documentary for the online BBC channel will show how the body was transported 5,000 miles from Long Beach in California to the postmortem table in London.
It will also feature interviews with a cast of young people who reveal how biology, psychology and food have contributed to making them fat. The film – made by production company 7 Wonder and entitled Obesity: the Post Mortem – will also delve into the world of pathology.
Osborn said of obesity: “It’s seen, but I think it is very poorly understood. It seemed that making this film would be a way of exploring that and allowing a broader public to learn about the problems associated with obesity.”
Steve Condie of 7 Wonder said he hoped it would make people face the severity of the health crisis. He said: “Sometimes you need a dramatic spectacle to grab people’s attention … [this] is a unique programme, an extraordinary visual experience packed with compelling insights into how obesity impacts deep inside in our bodies.”