Thousands of people across the UK are affected by obesity, living lives shut away from the world. This new series of Shut-ins follows two people as they attempt to regain control of their lives. In this episode, we continue the story of 23-year-old AJ from Airdrie, who has been mostly shut in for the last six years – partly down to physical reasons and also to escape being mocked and shamed. AJ, who identifies as non-binary, relies on mum Sharon for everything – from cooking and showering to putting on socks – and is seeking a surgical solution to their life-threatening weight. Having been instructed by bariatric surgeon Professor Kerrigan to completely change both their diet and lifestyle before he can offer an operation, AJ is now on a mission to satisfy him that it wouldn’t be a complete waste of time. AJ has hopes of regaining their health and overcoming the social anxiety that has also kept them shut in, as well as moving a step closer to having gender surgery. AJ and Sharon are also unpicking the past with a psychologist to try to discover why AJ has gained weight – with issues of school bullying and co-dependency at play, which are proving emotionally challenging for both AJ and Sharon – and helping them on their challenge ahead, both physically and in confronting their eating issues.
Shut-Ins: Britain’s Fattest People – Tuesday 11.05pm on Channel 4