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The Big Ward

The popular and acclaimed The Big Ward, returns to TVNZ 2 for a compelling second season.

Since the start of filming on the first series over a year ago, New Zealand’s obesity problem has worsened. Obesity figures are rapidly rising and New Zealand is fast becoming the most obese nation in the world.

Under the watchful eye of Dr Richard Babor, we return to Manukau Super Clinic to follow the emotional, inspiring and life-changing journeys of a new group of morbidly obese Kiwis.

For these patients, qualifying for the potentially life-saving bariatric surgery is their last chance in our increasingly fat and sugar-fuelled society.

We'll follow their own personal challenges and witness the sheer determination it takes for someone who is already crippled by obesity to get their life back.

Sharing their highs and lows, The Big Ward explores the challenges faced by the patients, their families and the medical staff who care for them, while addressing the wider issues that this spiralling pandemic has created.

The Big Ward is funded by NZ On Air.

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