Television New Zealand is marketing them in a prime-time slot as Britain’s “fattest and laziest family”.
But the stars of the show – a family of four who collectively weigh almost 500kg – have lashed out at the broadcaster, saying there are fatter families in Britain.
The Chawner family, from Blackburn, went public with their weight battle last year on a British series called Lorraine Kelly’s Big Fat Challenge after being persecuted by the public for their lifestyle.
Last month, TVNZ started screening the show Big Fat Family Challenge with the description “the Chawners, labelled Britain’s fattest and laziest family”.
Philip Chawner, 56, told the Herald he was disgusted how TVNZ had marketed the show because “we are absolutely not Britain’s fattest family”.
“We was labelled … We feel disgusted about it, because we was just trying to lose weight. It’s our story and we just want to put it right,” he said.